My favorite pre-tonal composer! In particular, I love his secular music, both monophonic and polyphonic. His contemporaries didn't seem to be of his level (though to be fair, most of his work survived, unlike his contemporaries, because he went through lengths to make sure it would).
Even in his more complex polyphonic works, Machaut's melodies were always great. His sense of cadence was profound and ahead of his time (I understand that double leading tone cadences, which Machaut often used, may be hard to appreciate by modern tonal-conditioned ears).
"The Mirror of Narcissus" by Gothic Voices is probably my favorite recording.
Here are some of my favorite pieces:
Thoughts? Opinions? Recommendations?