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(1300 - 1377)

Guillaume de Machaut, a leading French composer and poet of the 14th century, was born in Rheims and spent the greater part of his life there after earlier employment in the service of John of Luxemburg, King of Bohemia. He was employed subsequently by various members of the nobility, including the future Charles V of France. He held various church benefices and as a musician was pre-eminent in the period of music history known as the Ars nova, when composers created music of increased rhythmic complexity.

Church Music

Machaut’s best-known composition is his Messe de Notre Dame (‘Mass of Our Lady’), an early example of a cyclic setting of the liturgical text, in which the sections are musically related. His Hoquetus David makes similar use of the technique of isorhythm, in which a given basic sequence of notes, derived normally from plainchant, is divided into a repeated rhythmic pattern. The hocket referred to in the title is a musical hiccough—a popular technical device of the time in which the musical line is interrupted by sudden rests.

Secular Music

Machaut was a prolific composer of secular vocal music, in the contemporary metrical and musical forms of lais, virelais, ballades and rondeaux.

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Cello Recital: Frey, Elinor - FALLA, M. de / MAYUZUMI, T. / BACH, J.S. / ROUSE, C. / STUCKY, S. / BRITTEN, B. (Dialoghi) Yarlung Records
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - MACHAUT, G. de / CICONIA, J. / SENLECHES, J. de (Neo-Medieval - Medieval Improvisations for a Postmodern Age) (Hesperus) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
CHAMBER MUSIC (14th Century) (A Distant Mirror) (Folger Consort) Delos
Vocal Ensemble
Choral Music - HILDEGARD OF BINGEN / SCHÜTZ, H. / RHEINBERGER, J.G. / BRITTEN, B. / WHITACRE, E. (Timeless) (Cappella SF, R. Bohlin) Delos
Choral - Sacred
Codex Faenza: Instrumental Music of the Early 15th Century (Ensemble Unicorn) Naxos
Chamber Music
Ensemble Unicorn: Early Music Recordings, Vol. 1 (5-CD Box Set) Naxos
Chamber Music
Lute and Ud Recital: Denhard, August / Beken, Munir - DALZA, J.A. / ORTIZ, D. / MILANO, F. da (Meeting Place: Medieval and Renaissance Music) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
MACHAUT, D. de: Messe de Nostre Dame (La) / Le Voir Dit (Oxford Camerata, Summerly) Naxos
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
Orchestral Music - MACHAUT, G. de / SUK, J. / MÁCHA, O. / BODOROVÁ, S. / WENGLER, M. / MERTZIG, R. (Carmina lucemburgiana) (Štilec) ArcoDiva
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
Choral - Sacred
SANCTUS - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Ten Years Of Success Naxos
Choral - Sacred
Vocal Music - MACHAUT, GUILLAUME de / AGRICOLA, A. / HAYNE (The Garden of Earthly Delights) (La Nef) Dorian Sono Luminus
Vocal Ensemble
World of Early Music Naxos
Choral - Secular
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