Le Lay de Plour

(Guillaume Machaut)

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: contralto, flute, violin, cello, piano

Duration: 40 minutes

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Program Notes

Le Lay de Plour sets the poems by that name by Guillaume Machaut. The 12 poems in the set are typical medieval romance poetry – the first 6 poems speak of a woman’s love for her knight and the final 6 of her despair at his death in battle.

The melodies bear no reference to those composed by Machaut for these poems. When planning the music, I decided the better course was to compose new music, treating the words as just words for my own music.

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