Personalities | Jehannot de Lescurel | Medieval Era | Classical
(Zhä-no’ de Les-koo-rel’) fl. early 14th century
French poet and composer
Very little is known about Jehannot de Lescurel; his works survive only in an appendix to the most important manuscript of the Roman de Fauvel. This constitutes a collection of some 32 monophonic songs, a polyphonic rondeau and two longer poems. The works are ordered alphabetically but the sequence, obviously incomplete, is cut off at the letter ‘G’. The songs form the largest collection of their time and show one stage in the development of the poetic formes fixes. Also important is the way the melodies demonstrate how older elements of composition and performance became part of the emerging compositional style.
Fontaine de Grace, Binchois Ensemble (cond.) Dominique Vellard (Virgin/Erato)
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