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LIKE A WOMAN: FINDING THE FEMININE IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE

Christine de Pisan (1364-c.1430) – Reading from Cent Ballades,
Gilles de Binchois (c. 1400-1460)- Dueil angoisseux
Christine de Pisan – Reading from Epistle on the God of Love,
Anon. (c. 1420) – Soyés loyal
Gilles de Binchois – Se je souspire plains et pleure
Antoine Busnoys (c. 1430-1492) – Seulle à par moi
Anon. – La Manfredina – La Rotta della Manfredina
Christine de Pisan – Reading from Le livre du corps de policie
Anon. (ca. 1460) – Plus voy mon mignon
Christine de Pisan – Reading from Cent Ballades
Gualterius Libert (fl. 1455 – 1508) – De tristresse
Anon. – Isabella
Christine de Pisan – Reading from Letter to Pierre Col
Gilles Binchois – Comme femmes desconfortée
Anon. – Belicha
Martin le Franc (c. 1410-1461) – Reading from La Champion des dames (1440 or 1442)
Mahieu Paullet – J’aim. Qui? (fl. 1390-1414)

With Tracy Cowart, voice, harps, percussion
David McCormick, vielle
Elena Mullins voice, harp, percussion
Sian Ricketts voice, douçaine, recorders
Niccolo Seligmann vielles, viola a chiavi, viol, gittern

This program features 15th-century French songs from the feminine poetic perspective. These pieces, wrenchingly emotional and playful by turns, provide a counternarrative to the pedestals & pitfalls of courtly love… a paradigm with a legacy that complicates partnerships to this day.

Filmed by Charles Mueller Audio

Sound: Spiff Wiegand