#3633: Being Dufay, And Machaut

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Manuscript of the virelai "Douce Dame jolie" in French rhythmic notation
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This New Sounds is based on older sounds from nearly 600 years ago in re-imaginings of the music by 14th Century French composer Guillaume de Machaut and 15th Century Franco-Flemish composer Guillaume Dufay. In fact, listen to Guillaume de Machaut’s “greatest hit,” - “Douce Dame Jolie” in a number of interesting arrangements: a world music-inflected arrangement by Robert Sadin, an electronically enhanced version from Theo Bleckmann, as well as reinventions of Machaut from the Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser and his Consort in Motion.

Blaser takes the music by the 14th Century French composer as the basis for a warm, welcoming adventure into jazz constructs, performed by four stellar musicians, including Joachim Badenhorst on clarinets, Russ Lossing on piano, Drew Gress on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on drums. Here, Machaut’s greatest hit, "Douce Dame Jolie" is an inviting piece for solo bass, joined for the last seconds by the clarinet. Theo Bleckman’s version of "Douce Dame Jolie" is augmented with hand-held percussion and loops of drones, and overtone singing.

There’s also music by 15th century composer Guilaume Dufay, in similar layers by English composer Ambrose Field. Tenor John Potter sings Dufay’s songs, then used those recordings as source material for highly crafted soundscapes. Plus, listen to the Sanctus from one of Guillaume Dufay’s masses, along with a recomposition of “Douce Dame Jolie” by Tarik O’Regan, and more.

PROGRAM #3633 Being Dufay, And Machaut (First aired on 9/05/2014)  

ARTIST: Theo Bleckmann
WORK: Douce dame jolie (Machaut) [4:25]
RECORDING: Origami
SOURCE: Songlines #1534
INFO: songlines.com

ARTIST: Ambrose Field, feat. John Potter
WORK: Dufay: Sanctus [8:32]
RECORDING: Being Dufay
SOURCE: ECM 2071 
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: The Orlando Consort , Paul Hillier, conductor The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
WORK: Tarik O’Regan: Douce dame jolie [4:34]
RECORDING: O'Regan: Scattered Rhymes / Hillier, Orlando Consort
SOURCE: Harmonia Mundi 807469
INFO: harmoniamundi.com

ARTIST: Ensemble Recherche
WORK: Isabelle Mundry : Dufay-Bearbeitungen II. Se la face ay pale [3:36]
RECORDING: Isabel Mundry: Dufay-Bearbeitungen; Traces des Moments; Sandschleifen
SOURCE: Kairos - #1264
INFO: kairos-music.com

ARTIST: Samuel Blaser Consort in Motion
WORK: “Complainte” Tels rit au main qui au soir pleure [5:36]
RECORDING: Mirror to Machaut
SOURCE: Songlines Recordings #1604
INFO: songlines.com

ARTIST: Samuel Blaser Consort in Motion
WORK: Douce Dame jolie [1:39]
RECORDING: Mirror to Machaut
SOURCE: Songlines Recordings #1604
INFO: songlines.com

ARTIST: Samuel Blaser Consort in Motion
WORK: De fortune me doy pleindre et loer [2:14]
RECORDING: Mirror to Machaut
SOURCE: Songlines Recordings #1604
INFO: songlines.com

ARTIST: Robert Sadin, feat. Hassan Hakmoun
WORK: Douce dame [3:24]
RECORDING: The Art of Love: Music of Machaut
SOURCE: Deutsche Grammophon 474 1952
INFO: deutschegrammophon.com

ARTIST: David Rothenberg, Graame Boone, Glen Velez
WORK: Joie Plaisence (Machaut) [5:47]
RECORDING: On The Cliffs Of The Heart
SOURCE: New Tone 6744 www.felmay.it
INFO: Out of print. Only available as iTunes download

ARTIST: Robert Sadin, feat. Hassan Hakmoun
WORK: Comment [5:32]
RECORDING: The Art of Love: Music of Machaut
SOURCE: Deutsche Grammophon 474 1952
INFO: deutschegrammophon.com