LE JARDIN DE PLAISANCE
Songs From Late 15th-Century French Manuscripts

RAUMKLANG, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis Studio (RK 2301)
2003

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'Le Jardin de Plaisance', LA MORRA's first CD, is dedicated to the sophisticated repertoire of Franco-Burgundian secular song copied in the French royal domaine of the Loire Valley during the 1460s and 70s into six closely related songbooks (now preserved in the libraries of Dijon, Kopenhagen, London, Paris, Wolfenbüttel and Washington). These are small, finely illuminated anthologies of secular polyphonic song created by the generation of composers active during the latter half of the century. Many of the poems here set to music found their way into large printed sixteenth century anthologies of late Medieval French poetry (such as Antoine Verard's 'Le Jardin de plaisance et fleur de rhetorique', which lent the CD a title).

Each song is performed by a single vocalist, while remaining parts are played on instruments. Inserted between - performed exclusively on instruments - are textless pieces, which borrow musical material from the song repertoire.

Composers include Jean Ockeghem, Barbingant, Antoine Busnoys, Guillaume Dufay, Delahaye and Hayne van Ghizeghem.

Co-production of Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Swiss Radio DRS II.

 

IN THE UPPER-RIGHT CORNER: detail from Antoine Verard's printed 'Le Jardin de plaisance et fleur de rhetorique' (Paris, prior to 1501)

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