LI MAUS D'AMER - POISON OU POTION
Love's Peyne: Poison or a Magic Potion?
The first tale from “A Plural Voice”*
Monodic and polyphonic music from the 14th and early 15th centuries
Through real or imaginary remedies from the Middle Ages, Mora Vocis presents a vocal and instrumental medley of spoken texts, motets, ballads, bewitching monody and complex polyphony. A truly magical alchemy that brings together the voice and plucked and bowed string instruments in search of eternally unrequited medieval love. The melodic and rhythmical complexity of the Ars Subtilior pieces to be found in the Cypriot and Chantilly manuscripts evoke, with great refinement, the inevitably ambiguous nature of stories of doomed love. The French poet Achille Caulier (born at the end of the 14th century), however, speaks of a ‘hospital for love’, a mysterious place where ‘nurses of great virtue’ provide astonishing remedies such as ‘charming thoughts water’ and ‘vouchsafe kisses’.
Does this quest actually procure happiness or do we need to cure these ills through some prescription? Who knows what remedy to chose?
Repertoire: monody and polyphony from the 14th and beginning of the 15th centuries (Cypriot, Chantilly, Bologna, Machaut and de Vitry manuscripts) and extracts from Achille Caulier’s “L'ospital d'amours” (Hospital of Love).
Mora Vocis: three singers and two instrumentalists (harp and fiddles)
Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes (no interlude)
*A PLURAL VOICE
This project puts artistic creativity at the heart of scientific research. Specialists from the CEMM (Centre for Medieval Studies in Montpellier) work together with Mora Vocis and other singers and instrumentalists on the Cypriot Manuscript, a volume of music written at the end of the 14th century and dawn of the 15th century at the French Lusignan court established in Cyprus.
toujours : la Voix
Répertoire (médiéval et contemporain) : choix adapté à chaque espace acoustique selon les thématiques des visites.
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