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Bernart de Ventadorn


Bernart de Ventadorn is, like Josquin Desprez some decades after him, a composer, or in Bernart’s case more properly a troubadour, using the distinction of experiencing his name spelled twelve various ways in as much historical resources — For Bernart we often browse Bernatz or Bernard, as well as for de Ventadorn we would look for de or del Ventador or Ventedorn, etc etc. But, peculiarities of nomenclature apart, Bernat is still of great curiosity to supporters and learners of Medieval music: almost 20 of his music survive with both poem and melody unchanged, quite a significant number compared to various other twelfth-century troubadour music that have drop to us. Based on tradition, Bernart was created sometime around 1135 in Ventadorn castle (therefore the “de Ventadorn,” that is not really properly a final name) within the south of France. Hardly any is known for certain of his lifestyle, but he will seem to possess served the courtroom of Eleanor of Aquitaine in Normandy for quite some time, and perhaps also that of Count number Raimon V of Toulouse. Star provides it that he passed away within a monastery sometime around 1195, but no documentary proof supports the star. Bernart’s music are great representatives from the monophonic melodic design of Traditional western European countries in his time; in fact, these are much better than “great” — Bernart’s music was incredibly well-known through the DARK AGES (that is without a doubt among the factors that so a lot of they have survived), and his contact was sensed by many years of music artists after him. Many today believe the eight-stanza music “Can vei la lauzeta mover” (also spelled “Quan vei la lauzeta mover”) to become both best-preserved and incredibly most likely the most important of all middle ages tracks, and certainly of most songs written within the langue d’oc, or Provençal, vocabulary. Each rhyming stanza is defined towards the same four phrases of music, which musical paragraph itself is totally through-composed, in order that no two phrases audio as well save for the repetition of some fundamental melodic gestures.

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Full Name Bernart de Ventadorn
Died Sainte-Trie, France
Nationality French
Music Songs Can Vei La Lauzeta, Quan vei la lauzeta mover, Non es meravelha s'eu chan, Can vei la lauzeta mover [excerpt], Amors e que-us es vejaire, La dousa vota, Tant Ai Mo Cor Ple De Joya, Be m'an perdut lai enves ventadorn, Lancan vei la folha, Can l'erba fresch'e.lh folha par, La Doussa votz ai auzida, Estat ai com om esperdutz, En consirier et en esmai, Be m'an perdut, Ab Joi Mou Lo Vers E.L Comens, Ara non vei luzir solelh, Amics Bernart de Ventadorn, Lanquan folhon bosc e jarric, Ab joi et ab joven m'apais condesa de dia, Be'm degra de chantar tener, Lanquan vei la folha, Ab joi et ab joven m'apais, Ben m’an perdut lai envers, Quan l’erba fresca e’l folha par, Tant ai mon cor plen de joia, Pour Oublier Mon Malheur: To Forget My Sadness, Can Par La Flors Jostal Vert Folh, Ara-m conselhatz senhor, Can vei la lauzeta mover, Part 1, Life of Ventadorn: E.I. vescoms de Ventadorn / Can l'erba fresch'el folha par, Quan vei la flor l’erba verd’e la folha, Pos prejatz me senhor
Albums Le Fou sur le Pont

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