"Songs of the Women Trouvères" by Eglal Doss-Quinby

Songs of the Women Trouvères Eglal Doss-Quinby, Joan Tasker Grimbert, Wendy Pfeffer, Elizabeth Aubrey

Publication date:
11 Mar 2001
Yale University Press
304 pages: 229 x 178mm
37 musical examples
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This groundbreaking anthology brings together for the first time the works of women poet-composers, or trouvères, in northern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Refuting the long-held notion that there are no extant Old French lyrics by women from this period, the editors of the volume present songs attributed to eight named female trouvères along with a varied selection of anonymous compositions in the feminine voice that may have been composed by women. The book includes the Old French texts of seventy-five compositions, extant music for eighteen monophonic songs and nineteen polyphonic motets, English translations, and a substantial introduction.

?This outstanding book brings the corpus of women trouvŠre poetry squarely to the forefront and will change thinking about the trouvŠres.??Joseph J. Duggan, University of California, Berkeley

?This volume is a welcome contribution both to the study of medieval lyric and to the larger field of gender studies and is sure to stimulate further discussion.??Sylvia Huot, Speculum