Personalities | Bernart de Ventadorn | Medieval Era | Classical
(Ber-nar’ d∂ Van’-ta-dôrn) c. 1135–95
Bernart is regarded as perhaps the finest and most musically important of the troubadours. More of his melodies have survived than any other troubadour’s; one, ‘Quan vei la lauzeta mover’ (‘When I See the Lark Open His Wings’), was extremely popular and inspired poems to be sung to its melody in four different languages. Bernart travelled widely, and it is possible that he was responsible for bringing the art of the troubadour poet-composer to northern Europe, thus initiating the tradition of the trouvères.
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