Songs of the Women Trouveres
This groundbreaking anthology brings together for the first time the works of women poet-composers, or trouveres, in northern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Refuting the long-held notion that there are no extant Old French lyrics by women from this period, the editors of the volume present songs attributed to eight named female trouveres along with a varie...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 11th 2001 by Yale University Press
(first published March 1st 2001)
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The introduction to this book was extremely informative, yet very understandable for myself, a lay person where musical notation and form and history are concerned. Once you get into the section that actually includes the compilation of lyrics, this is a very quick read, as most of the lyrics are simple and pertain to love or thwarted love. That said, this is a very dense book if you intend to study the musical notations at length (I did not) or examine the translations. I appreciated that the m...more