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Composer of the Week: Machaut and the Rise of Polyphony


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(1300?-1377). 1: Beginnings and Endings. Only a few facts about poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut 's life are known, but his works were pivotal in the musical transition between the late
Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Donald Macleod and Christopher Page look at why Machaut stands like a giant above his contemporaries, at the traditions he was inheriting, and at the world he lived in. With music by Machaut, Jehan de Lescurel , Adam de la Halle and Philippe de Vitry , performed by Gothic Voices directed by Christopher Page , Emmanuel Bonnardot (voice) and Bernard Prunier (cittern),
Geoffrey Shaw (baritone) and the Early Music Consort of London directed by David Munrow , Vièles et Voix du Moyen Age directed by Emmanuel Bonnardot ,
Boston Camerata, and the Clerks' Group. Producer Megan Jones


Unknown: Guillaume de MacHaut
Unknown: Donald MacLeod
Unknown: Christopher Page
Unknown: Jehan de Lescurel
Unknown: Adam de la Halle
Unknown: Philippe de Vitry
Directed By: Christopher Page
Directed By: Emmanuel Bonnardot
Directed By: Bernard Prunier
Baritone: Geoffrey Shaw
Directed By: David Munrow
Directed By: Emmanuel Bonnardot
Producer: Megan Jones

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Composer of the Week: Machaut and the Rise of Polyphony

BBC Radio 3, 10 March 2003 9.00

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