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Music of the Crusades

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  4. Anonymous: Chevalier, mult estes GuarizGeoffrey Shaw 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. de Dijon: Chanterai por mon corageDavid Munrow 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
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17. Anonymous: La Tierche estampie realDavid Munrow 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Early Music Consort of London
  • Conductor: David Munrow
  • Composer: Various Artists
  • Audio CD (April 9, 1991)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041XJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Of the "Music of the Crusades" collected on this very interesting album, several actually deal with the Crusades. I am always on the look out for interesting bits of music and film that can be used in history classes to bring the period alive for students and this certainly qualifies. This album contains examples of different types of songs, sung mostly in French and Latin. The lyrics alone are fascinating ("The French are degenerate if they refuse to support God, for I have warned them") and one song, "Ja nus hons pris," is attributed to Richard the Lion-Heart. Teachers covering the Middle Ages can certainly find a song or two to share with their students that will give them a sense of the times.
The liner notes by James Tyler explain that of the sixty-odd manuscripts surviving of troubadour and trouvere poetry, only a small number contain musical notion. Similar to the notation of Gregorian chant, these early notations give the performer a series of pitches to be sung without any indication of specific rhythmic values. Consequently, modern musical theories are used to develop these songs, taking into account the instruments of the period (lute, bells, harp, tabor, etc.) that we know existed from contemporary pictorial and literary evidence. So, I have to think that music students will find this album of interest as well. Performed by the Early Music Consort of London, I can certainly appreciate the effort made to achieve authenticity. Of course, we can never know how accurate these recreations are, but I certainly do not consider that a problem. I have been listening to several similar albums of music from this period, and this is the best I have heard so far.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Duffy on February 15, 2003
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This CD (a reissue of an LP dating from the 1970s) brings the Crusades and its people to life. There are recruiting songs, songs of loss and longing, songs of dedication. There is a beautiful song full of reverent wonder at the experience of being in the Holy Land. And there is the song purportedly written by Richard the Lionhearted while imprisioned by the Emperor. Too frequently we read history as if it were something enacted by people of two dimensions, somehow removed from our living emotions and complexities. This recording helps to restore some of the living emotions of those who went before us. They were as we are and as they are so shall we be to those who follow us.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By catherine guelph on September 4, 2000
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"I will sing to comfort my heart" is the title to track 5. These songs do comfort my heart. In the midst of the despair of their times, these songs from the 13th century touch me. They document the emotions, aspirations and fears of the people in another time, and yet, those feelings are present with me today. In a small way, I feel less isolated in my struggle knowing that others of a completely different time and place also have been so affected. A great debt is due to Ian Bent, Norman Clare, David Munrow, Jeremy Tilston and the performers of these pieces for the effort that was required to exhume them from the distant past and make them available today. For their work, I am thankful. The songs provide accounts of how individuals experienced the Crusade, both at home and on the battlefield. Tracks 1 through 6 combine to tell a story. PAX IN NOMIE DOMINI! is the battle cry to assemble the troops for the conquest. It's not just a job, nor simply an adventure, it is an holy obligation. In PARTI DE MAL, an idividual soldier accepts the call, and his conviction is bolstered in CHEVALIER, MULT ESTES GUARIZ "Let us go and conquer Moses on Mount Sinai: let us not leave him any longer in the hands of the Saracens". The realities of battle are experienced on an individual level in CHANTERAI POR MON CORAGE. This section finds its end in a sombre dirge DANSE REAL. Not all the songs concern themselves with wars in foreign lands. The anguish of unrequited love is the subject of JE NE PUIS. Even if you never read the lyrics, this music is enjoyable. The melancholy of the verse is echoed in the melodies, but these are not sad tunes as much as they are reflective. They offer me a bit of space in a busy life to contemplate on the events of the day. If you are interested in European Music of the 13th century, or you enjoy peaceful music played well, this CD will be interesting to you.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By paul.doherty@info-com.com on April 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In 1094, when Pope Urban II urged the princes of Christendom to reclaim the Christian shrines of the Holy Land, it is unlikely that he envisaged the response. It initiated a series of crusades noted less for their ultimate success, but rather their unmitigated savagery, directed not just at the Islamic peoples of the middle east but at Christians and Jews as well. It is, then, perhaps a surprise that such an era could arguably produce some of the most beautiful music ever written. David Munrow has managed to capture the essence of the times in this selection of faithfully reproduced music from the High Middle Ages. The music does not always directly pertain to the Crusades themselves (though many do) but is rather a backdrop to the times. In Chanterai por mon corage, for example, a wife left behind by her husband, sings of her sadness at being left by her husband who has taken the cross. In it, she sings:
De ce sui molt deceue,
Quant ne fui au convoier,
Sa chemise qu'ot vestue,
M'envoia por embracier.
What saddens me is that I did not,
accompany him when he left. He sent,
me the shirt that he was wearing,
that I might hold it in my arms.

This touching image is in deep contrast to the refrain of "help the pilgrim for whom I tremble, for the Saracens are treacherous" which is the chorus of this song and brings out the more ugly side of this conflict of cultures.
Using traditional instruments, sopranos, tenors and counter-tenors, this album plunges the listener into this time of love and war. Songs such as Li Noviaus Tens, written by the troubadour Chatlelain de Coucy are pure and simply love songs, hypnotic and sincere.
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