Guillaume de Machaut

Guillaume de Machaut (1300 – 1377):  Le Remède de Fortune (1341).

This interpretation of “Le Remède de Fortune” is magisterial. Performers: Marc Mauillon (voice), VivaBiancaLuna Biffi (voice, fiddle), Angélique Mauillon (gothic harp), Pierre Hamon (flutes, drums), Serge Goubioud (voice), Emmanuel Vistorky (voice). Pierre Hamon, director.

The lyrics consist in hundreds of verses. The text below, taken from the CD, explains the story:

“A young man is in love with a good and beautiful lady. He is a poet-musician and has written an anonymous lai to her. She asks him to sing it to the court, and he does so, but when she questions him about its author he is unable either to admit that it is his (this would involve confessing his love and going against the rules of fin’amors, courtly love) or to lie to his lady. So, without taking proper leave, he runs away. He wanders until he reaches a dream­like garden enclosed by a wall. There he is comforted by the female allegorical figure of Hope (Esperance), who teaches him that man should not blame Fortune for his own failings, that he alone is responsible for his acts – a very modern idea. Hope promises to stand by the young man and she gives him a ring as a sign of her fidelity. When he is ready to return to his lady, to encourage him she sings a ballade, which he immediately learns by heart. When he reaches the castle, he is soon reconciled with the lady, but she is nevertheless a little wary when she notices the ring. He convinces her of his love and she accepts his suit and becomes his amie. The ending is a little ambiguous: since they have decided to keep their love secret, the lover begins to doubt the love of his lady; but then he remembers Hope’s teachings and decides that he must trust the one he loves. Thereafter he remains happy in his lady’s favour.”



→   Messe de Nostre Dame (Mass of Our Lady) is a polyphonic mass composed before 1365 by French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300–1377). Widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of medieval music and of all religious music, it is historically notable as the earliest complete setting of the Ordinary of the Mass attributable to a single composer. Read more about Guillaume de Machaut. The following is a collection of three different recordings of Messe de Nostre Dame.



Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300 – 1377): Messe de Nostre Dame (c. 1364).

Complete With Score. Ensemble Organum – Dir. Marcel Pérès.

01 – Introit – Suscepimus Deus misericordiam tuam 00:12
02 – Kyrie 05:13
03 – Gloria 15:22
04 – Graduel Suscepimus Deus misericordiam tuam 21:21
05 – Alleluia 26:33
06 – Credo 29:25
07 – Offertoire 38:58
08 – Sanctus & Benedictus 41:35
09 – Agnus Dei 45:25
10 – Communio 49:54
11 – Ite Missa est 52:52

Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300 – 1377): Messe de Nostre Dame (c. 1364).

With Score. Diabulus In Musica – Dir. Antoine Guerber.

I. Introit – Rorete celi de super 00:00
II. KYRIE – 04:07
III. GLORIA – 11:52
IV. Graduale- Quien sedes Domine 17:48
V.Alleluia – Ostende nobis Domine 21:27
VI. CREDO – 24:13
VII. Ofertorio – Ave Maria gratia plena 31:53
X. Communio – Ecce Virgo Concipiet – 42:10

Guillaume de Machaut (c. 1300 – 1377): Messe de Nostre Dame (c. 1364).

With Score (only Machaut’s messe). Graindelavoix – Dir. Björn Schmelzer.

Voices: François Testory, Paul De Troyer, Marius Peterson, Adrian Sîrbu, Björn Schmelzer, David Hernandez, Tomàs Maxé, Bart Meynckens, Arnout Malfliet, Jean-Christophe Brizard.

01 Inviolata genitrix / Felix virgo / Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes – Motet by Guillaume de Machaut 00:00

02 Introitus: Salve sancta parens (plainchant) 04:42

03 KYRIE, Messe de Nostre Dame – Guillaume de Machaut 09:24

04 GLORIA, Messe de Nostre Dame 20:29

05 Graduale: Benedicta et venerabilis es virgo Maria – Anonymous (plainchant) 27:09

06 Alleluya: Post partum virgo – Anonymous (plainchant) 33:00

07 Prosa: Verbum bonum et suave – Anonymous (plainchant & version Codex Las Huelgas) 38:19

08 CREDO, Messe de Nostre Dame – Guillaume de Machaut 42:36

09 Plange, regni respublica / Tu qui gregem tuum ducis / Apprehende arma et scutum et exurge – Motet by Guillaume de Machaut 52:25

10 SANCTUS, Messe de Nostre Dame-  Guillaume de Machaut 55:35

11 AGNUS DEI, Messe de Nostre Dame – Guillaume de Machaut 1:00:38

12 Communio: Beata viscera – Anonymous (plainchant) & Perotinus (conductus) 1:04:30

13 ITE MISSA EST, Messe de Nostre Dame – Guillaume de Machaut 1:12:01