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The music on this disc will be unfamiliar even to most of those who've studied some medieval music; alas, it doesn't quite fit into the grand historical march that took music from Latin church compositions to vernacular courtly love songs. These Latin songs of the twelfth century represent something of a historical dead end, and they fall into genres -- the dance-like rondellus, the conductus, the sequence, and some just designated as chansons -- that get just passing mention in the history books. They were elite pieces, written by highly educated clerics for their own amusement or for that of a lord; the motet was perhaps a more "public" genre. Yet, for all that, this music fits interestingly into what one already knows of the styles of its era. Some of the texts lie right in between sacred and secular, for one thing; they seem to condense the sacred-secular mixes of the polytextual motet into a single unified form of expression. And they fall pleasingly all over the map when it comes to subject matter. Some are long, involved, ambitious religious poems. Some point clearly to the tradition of courtly love; some meditate gloomily on death. The small French ensemble Diabolus in Musica presents sparse, quiet readings that they imagine to be in keeping with the refined nature of the music: most of the songs are accompanied by a pair of small fiddles and perhaps some light percussion. For those less interested in the specifics, the singers are pleasant to listen to, and the disc is ideal for hearing a quiet hour of medieval song. And, as usual with the Alpha label, the album artwork -- an incredible illuminated letter Q from a medieval manuscript, with two naked men trapped in a kind of iron scrollwork, being eaten by dog-like creatures that issue from the mouths of an encircling wreath made up by the bodies and long tails of some other kind of demon, with yet a different kind of dog forming the bottom cross-slash of the Q -- is worth the price of the album all by itself. This is an offbeat release even by Alpha's standards, but a fascinating and informative one.
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Chansons latines du XIIe siècle

Antoine Guerber

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1
Promissa mundo gaudia
Diabolus in Musica
00:04:06

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Hildebert De Lavardin, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

2
Vitam duxi
Diabolus in Musica
00:03:05

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Pierre De Blois, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

3
Sevit aure spiritus
Diabolus in Musica
00:03:46

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Pierre De Blois, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

4
Spoliatum flore pratum
Diabolus in Musica
00:05:08

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Pierre De Blois, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

5
Mundi princeps eicitur
Diabolus in Musica
00:01:24

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Anonyme, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

6
Leto leta concio
Diabolus in Musica
00:01:04

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Anonyme, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

7
Jam dulcis amica
Diabolus in Musica
00:03:12

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Anonyme, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

8
O labilis sortis
Diabolus in Musica
00:08:16

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Philippe Le Chancelier, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

9
O sedes apostolica
Diabolus in Musica
00:01:41

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Anonyme, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

10
Gloria si mundi
Diabolus in Musica
00:02:19

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Baudri De Bourgueil, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

11
Dum medium
Diabolus in Musica
00:05:35

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Philippe Le Chancelier, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

12
Sic mea fata
Diabolus in Musica
00:03:04

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Hilaire D'orleans, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

13
O Maria
Diabolus in Musica
00:02:19

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Anonyme, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

14
O mens cogita
Diabolus in Musica
00:03:22

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Philippe Le Chancelier, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

15
Turmas arment
Diabolus in Musica
00:04:58

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Anonyme, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

16
Virgo mater
Diabolus in Musica
00:05:37

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Adam De Saint Victor, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

17
Gratulemur
Diabolus in Musica
00:05:04

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Adam De Saint Victor, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

18
Passionis emuli
Diabolus in Musica
00:02:36

Diabolus in Musica, Performer - Antoine Guerber, Performer - Anonyme, Composer

2003 Alpha 2002 Alpha

Album Description

The music on this disc will be unfamiliar even to most of those who've studied some medieval music; alas, it doesn't quite fit into the grand historical march that took music from Latin church compositions to vernacular courtly love songs. These Latin songs of the twelfth century represent something of a historical dead end, and they fall into genres -- the dance-like rondellus, the conductus, the sequence, and some just designated as chansons -- that get just passing mention in the history books. They were elite pieces, written by highly educated clerics for their own amusement or for that of a lord; the motet was perhaps a more "public" genre. Yet, for all that, this music fits interestingly into what one already knows of the styles of its era. Some of the texts lie right in between sacred and secular, for one thing; they seem to condense the sacred-secular mixes of the polytextual motet into a single unified form of expression. And they fall pleasingly all over the map when it comes to subject matter. Some are long, involved, ambitious religious poems. Some point clearly to the tradition of courtly love; some meditate gloomily on death. The small French ensemble Diabolus in Musica presents sparse, quiet readings that they imagine to be in keeping with the refined nature of the music: most of the songs are accompanied by a pair of small fiddles and perhaps some light percussion. For those less interested in the specifics, the singers are pleasant to listen to, and the disc is ideal for hearing a quiet hour of medieval song. And, as usual with the Alpha label, the album artwork -- an incredible illuminated letter Q from a medieval manuscript, with two naked men trapped in a kind of iron scrollwork, being eaten by dog-like creatures that issue from the mouths of an encircling wreath made up by the bodies and long tails of some other kind of demon, with yet a different kind of dog forming the bottom cross-slash of the Q -- is worth the price of the album all by itself. This is an offbeat release even by Alpha's standards, but a fascinating and informative one.
© TiVo

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