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    Default Guillaume de Machaut and his lyrics

    Anybody know where I can find English translations?
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    Oh, and should his music be done by voice alone? Or should it have one or two instruments? Or is either fine?

    Just getting into troubadour music. A little ignorant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Notung View Post
    Oh, and should his music be done by voice alone? Or should it have one or two instruments? Or is either fine?

    Just getting into troubadour music. A little ignorant.
    As far as my sketchy knowledge goes, there is no consensus as to whether instruments were used or not in performances of Medieval music. If they were used, they would double voice parts. Most likely, they were used some times and not others. Tuning was not yet standardized, I believe.
    "I know, for my part, that as long as I am able to express my experience in words, I would never do so in music. My need to express myself musically, symphonically, begins only in the realm of obscure feelings, at the gate leading to the 'other world', where things are no longer destroyed by time and space." - Gustav Mahler


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    The only piece I have a lot of familiarity with is the Messe de Nostre dame - so any translation of the Latin text of the Ordinary would suffice.

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