The Song Company: True Love Story
5 June @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
THE TRUE STORY OF GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT & PÄRONNELLE D’ARMENTIŽRES – AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEDIAEVAL FRENCH ROMANCE IN A TIME OF WAR AND PLAGUE AS TOLD BY POET AND COMPOSER GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT.
In 1359 the English attempted to lay siege to Rheims, a crucial prize in the Hundred Years’ War as France’s coronation city; two years later France’s greatest poet and composer, Guillaume de Machaut entertained the heir to the throne and in 1364 witnessed the coronation of Charles the Fifth. But the early 1360s were exciting and fruitful for Machaut for other reasons: he began a lengthy correspondence with a young female admirer and documented their friendship in what he called the ‘book of the true story’ Le Livre du Voir Dit, containing over 9000 lines of poetry, and the letters, love-poems, and songs they sent to each other, the ultimate 14th-century multimedia presentation. The accuracy of the narrative Machaut sets down in his ñtrue poemî is sometimes questionable, but there is a ring of veracity in the haphazard and sometimes contradictory recollections of the course of what must be true love.
VOCALISATION IS ALL ABOUT THE SOUND AND THE STORY. -THE SONG COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA COMPRISES THE CONTINENT’S LEADING VOCAL ENSEMBLE, SINGING MUSIC OF ALL TIMES AND PLACES.