All entries for November 2013

November 24, 2013

This week's music session (preparation)

For all those who are planning to come to this week's music session (Wednesday 2-7pm in the Humanities Studio), here are some links to versions of songs that we should be covering:

Pax in nomine Domini

Chanterai por mon corage

Ja nus hons pris

(I can never make up my mind whether I like this modern version or not! Let me know what you think)

Do feel free to bring any instruments that you might like to introduce into the mix. But don't worry if its just you and your voice. And if you can't make the whole session, just come for a little bit!

November 22, 2013

Pax in nomine Domini tune transcription


Here's the musical transcription for the song Pax in nomine Domini by Marcabru (on the left hand side of the page).

And here's a link to a recording of the song.

November 19, 2013

The capture of Louis IX

Dear all,

below is a message from Linda:

Congratulations to everyone on a great start!

There is an interesting song by a troubadour lamenting the disastrous failure of Louis IX's first crusade, when he was captured at Mansurah in Egypt in April 1250. You can look at it on <>, along with translation and explanatory details. The musical model for this was almost certainly a love-song by the troubadour Peirol. As far as I know no-one has ever transcribed the melody, but it can be found on a 14th-c. manuscript known as R (Paris, Bilbiothèque Nationale française, 22543): see the attached photo. In a concert it might make a nice contrast to songs of the earlier period (or you might have other ideas of what to do with it). You could have a go at transcribing it from the ms., ignoring the words, since these are Peirol's, but fitting the notes to Austorc's text.


Louis XI

November 16, 2013

Next music session

The next music session will be taking place on Wednesday of week 9 (27th November) from 5-7 in the Humanities Studio.

All are welcome!

November 15, 2013

First music session

Hello all,

Today we had the first music session in the Humanities Studio at Warwick.To start with, we looked briefly at some pronunciation problems when trying to speak Old French, especially how it differs from modern French e.g. differences in consonant and vowel sounds and whether or not to pronounce certain letters such as 'e' in words and phrases. We also had a quick chat about the context of the songs, but both of these subjects will be covered in specific workshops at a later date.

For the rest of the session, we worked on a version of 'Chanterai por mon corage' and produced a short recording of the first verse and chorus (this is the bare bones of the song but reflects the notation that is provided in a manuscript). Here's the notation (from Samuel Rosenberg's Chanter M'Estuet, 1981, p. 293) followed by the music file:

notation chanterai


N.B. To listen to this file and to read the notation at the same time you might need to right click on the file and open the link in a new window.

And of course the musicians:

15.11.2013 musicians

As a first attempt at working with this song I think that we did really well, and we'll be continuing this work at the next session. Thanks to all who were involved and please do let us know what you think below.

November 09, 2013

'Chanterai por mon corage' versions

Follow-up to First practical session! from Medieval Crusade Songs

In preparation for next weeks music session, you might like to have a listen to the following clips from Youtube. (I'll only post the links as I'm wary of copyright issues)

The two songs are different versions of 'Chanterai por mon corage'.

From Music of the Crusades by Christina Clarke, David munrow and the Early Music Consort of London:

From Crusaders [...]by Tobias Schlierf, Sigrid Hausen, Alexander Veljanov, Michael Popp and Schola Cantorum Gedansis:

This is just to give you a taste of what we are working with and how open the songs are to interpretation!

November 05, 2013

First practical session!

Hello again!

I'm happy to be able to give you the details for the first practical session...

We will be meeting in the Humanities Studio (accessible from the Ground floor entrance to the Transnational Resources Centre near to Cafe Humanities). The space is booked from 5pm-7pm on Friday 15th November 2013.

If you are able to come to this meeting, please let us know by posting a comment below, or by emailing Liam at Even if you can't make the full session please do come along whenever you can make it.

This post will shortly be updated with details of the songs that we will be looking at, but bring the pack from the introduction meeting with you as it has everything that we will need to get started.

November 03, 2013

Post–introduction meeting

Dear all,

I've attached the email that I sent out to everyone who's expressed an interest in the project. It has lots of information and links so do check it out.


Here's a link to the itunes page for the CD 'Music of the Crusades' by David Munrow and The Early Music Consort of London (1971). We listened to a few extracts form this CD in the meeting.

More information regarding next meetings to follow shortly...

Most recent comments

  • Hello Liam! Sorry I missed last week's session. Just wondering, when and where is the next rehearsal… by Desiree Arbo on this entry
  • Hello Liam, Sorry to hear you are unwell. I hope you feel better soon! by Desiree Arbo on this entry
  • Hi Desiree, Sorry there won't be a rehearsal tonight as I am recovering from an illness. I will be l… by Liam on this entry
  • Hello Liam, is there a rehearsal this evening, and if so, where and when is it? by Desiree Arbo on this entry
  • Great! Looking forward to seeing you all there! by Liam Lewis on this entry

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