Guillaume de Machaut


Guillaume de Machaut

1300 - 1377

Guillaume de Machaut is presumed to have been born around the year 1300; the first surviving documentary evidence from 1330 lists him as a ‘clerk’ in the household of John of Bohemia and suggests that he had been in service since 1323. Machaut was instated as a canon of Reims Cathedral in 1337 and established a residence in the city in 1340. During his later years he enjoyed the patronage of a number of French nobles, including the wife and son of Jean II. In his sixties he enjoyed a close relationship with a young noblewoman, a relationship he chronicled (and embellished) in a long narrative poem, Le Voir Dit, which included many of their lyrics and letters. From these we learn something of his view of his own music, and of the process by which he preserved his work for posterity. His poetry also supplies a limited degree of biographical information; he suffered from gout and was blind in one eye, yet he was evidently enthusiastic about falconry, horseback riding and the French countryside. Machaut died in Reims in 1377.

© Daniel Leech-Wilkinson


Song List

This list is likely to be of songs that have been performed at Oxford International Song Festivals and Oxford Song events, and may not be comprehensive of this composer's compositions. This database is ever growing as a work in progress, with further songs regularly being added.

Dame, se vous n’avez aperceu (Rondeau: from 'Le Voir Dit') Guillaume de Machaut
Dix et sept, cinq, trese, quatorse et quinse (Rondeau: from 'Le Voir Dit') Guillaume de Machaut
Longuement me sui tenus - Lai - “Lay de bonne Esperance” (from 'Le Voir Dit') Guillaume de Machaut
Nes que on porroit (Ballade: from 'Le Voir Dit') Guillaume de Machaut
Plourés, dames, ploures vostre servant (Ballade: from ‘Le Voir Dit’) Guillaume de Machaut
Quant Theseus / Ne quier (Ballade: from 'Le Voir Dit') Guillaume de Machaut
Sans cuer, dolens de vous departiray (Rondeau: from 'Le Voir Dit') Guillaume de Machaut
Se pour ce muir qu’amours ay bien servi (Ballade: from 'Le Voir Dit') Guillaume de Machaut

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