Dulcis Melancholia: A Musical Biography of Margaret of Austria (1480-1530)

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Program: #06-45, Air Date: 10/30/06

Born in Brussels, the tragic life of Margaret of Austria was central not only to early 16th century European politics. Her adopted city of Mechlin was surrounded by the greatest composers of the day; on this new disc Dirk Snelling's Capilla Flamenca looks at her circle, including Josquin, Pierre de la Rue, Obrecht, and Agricola.

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Born in Brussels, Margaret's tragic life was central not only to early 16th century European politics, but from her adopted city of Mechlin (Mechelen), was surrounded by the greatest composers of the day; on this new disc Dirk Snelling's Capilla Flamenca looks at her circle, including Josquin, Pierre de la Rue, Obrecht, and Brumel.

The recording is from Musique en Wallonie and is CD # MW 0525

Margaret's Youth and Marriages
--Anon.: Roti boully ioyeulx (from Livre de danses de Marguerite d'Austriche--Margaret's dance book).
--JOSQUIN des PREZ: Belle pour l'amour de vous ("Lovely one, it is for love of you").
--ANTOINE BRUHIER: Vrai Dieu, qui pourra me reconforter ("Dear God, who shall comfort me?").
--ANTOINE BRUMEL: Tous les regretz ("All the sorrows that ever were in the world").
--Anon.: La danse de Cleves (from Livre de danses de Marguerite d'Austriche).
--Anon.: La franchoise nouvelle (from Livre de danses de Marguerite d'Austriche).
--Anon.: Esperance de bourbon (from Livre de danses de Marguerite d'Austriche).

Margaret's Destiny
--LUIS MILAN: Pavane 5/La bella francheschina.
--PIERRE de la RUE: Pourquoy tant me fault il ("Why must I wait so long?").
--PIERRE de la RUE: Il viendra, le jour desire ("The desired day will come").
--PIERRE de la RUE: Je souffre pour toi ("I grieve for thee, my brother Jonathan").
--Anon.: Dulces exuviae ("Memories sweet for me as the fates decreed").
--JACOB OBRECHT/LEONHARD KLEBER: Si sumpsero (instr.).
--PIERRE de la RUE: Pourquoy non ne veul je morir ("Why do I not wish to die?").

Margaret's Reign
--LUIS MILAN: Pavane 4.
--Anon.: Troest mij, scoen lief ("Console me, my love").
--JOSQUIN des PREZ/HANS NEWSIDLER: Plus nulz regretz ("No more regrets...only let us talk of joy").

Margaret's Death
--JOSQUIN des PREZ: Que vous madame/In pace:
"I shall sleep and rest in peace, forsooth,
If I have given a dream to my eyes."

Composer Info

JOSQUIN des PREZ, ANTOINE BRUHIER, ANTOINE BRUMEL, PIERRE de la RUE, JACOB OBRECHT, LEONHARD KLEBER, HANS NEWSIDLER

CD Info

CD # MW 0525