Motet (Le Lay de Plour)
Instrumentation: Conn-O-Sax Quartet
Duration: 8 minutes
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It’s been in the back of my mind for a long time to use actual tunes from a medieval or Renaissance secular song as the basis for an original motet. This music, for Conn-O-Sax Quartet, seemed like the right vehicle to make that happen. After searching through my usual sources, I decided upon Guillaume Machaut’s “Le Lay de Plour.” I had set his 12 romance poems to original music several years ago, but this time, I went back to Machaut’s melodies to the same texts – which I took mostly verbatim and incorporated into this quartet.
Composed for Paul Cohen.
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