FRENGEN204: Songs of Love and War (Winter, 2010) | Performing Trobar

FRENGEN204: Songs of Love and War (Winter, 2010)

This course investigates how erotic love was constructed in medieval lyrics, with a focus on the lady as object and subject of desire, dialogue songs, and the relation between religious and secular love lyrics. Reading Old Occitan and Old French texts in bilingual editions, we explore how love poetry articulates different ideas about the body, sex, God, and political justice. Attention is given to the the historical context of the Crusades and the body politic during the 11-13th centuries.

The Search for Blues: Authenticity, Archive, Aesthetic

http://www.eyland.org/files/unknown_bards.pdf

Final Project: Workshop/performance, TAE and Nic Reiner

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Performer: 
Nic Reiner and TAE
Author: 
Nic Reiner
Duration: 
5:15

Final Project: Trobar and Rap: Guilhem de Peiteus and Jay-Z

Final Project: Phatic

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Performer: 
Jasmine Hu

Final Project: A Chantar M'er

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Performer: 
Anne Levitsky
Author: 
Anne Levitsky
Duration: 
1:37

Troubadour Sestina

My gaze strangely snakelike—I look
at her: a power unmatched by the hungry
lion and the brother of the rape victim.
Tonight I only see her from far away.
I am ravenous. I am overtaken.
I search for her but see nothing but the trees.

They surround me now like sentries,
stern, immutable and I saw one that looked
like her, the branches sway like they’ve been taken
out to a dance. I shall dance with her, hungry
for her, afraid her brother will look my way—
entrap me as a viper does its victim.

His tongue and snakeskin convict him. ¬
I dash towards her amid the hidden trees

Videos

Dear Class, I hope you enjoyed the performances of TAE in Beaucaire. Comment on the musical phrasing of the line and stanzas, rhythm, linear progression or anything else you want to bring up that we have discussed previously. Also, how do these performances shape your understanding of "amor de lonh" or "lo ferm voler" within the form of the sestina?

Lanquan li Jorn son Lonc en May

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Performer: 
TAE
Author: 
Jaufre Rudel
Duration: 
3:23

Lo Ferm Voler

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Performer: 
TAE
Author: 
Arnaut Daniel
Duration: 
0:45

Beatles 3000: The Situation of Troubadour Lyric?

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