Marguerite of Austria’s Songbook

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Program: #02-44   Air Date: Nov 04, 2002


Pierre de la Rue achieved fame matched only by Josquin des Prez, moving in the Lowlands from Burgundy to the southern part of modern Holland, serving the Hapsburgs and spending his last years in Kortrijk in Flanders--this week a recent recording dedicated to the most important 16th century woman in the Lowlands, Marguerite of Austria.

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant in honor of Jeremiah and Olga Murphy.

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All of the music on this program is from the songbook compiled by the regent for the Lowlands under Prince Charles (later the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V), Marguerite of Austria. Political operative, patron of the arts, supporter of prominent humanists, she also continued her support for the great composer Pierre de la Rue (c.1460-1518) after the death of her brother Philip the Fair, in 1506. Pierre retired to Kortrijk.

The manuscript is currently in the Royal Library in Brussels.

This recording features the Corvina Consort directed by Zoltan Kalmanovits, and is on the Hungaroton label (# HCD-32018). You may order this CD at:

  • Pourquoy tant me fault il attendre? (Why must I wait so long?)
  • Tous les regretz (All sorrows that the heart torments)
  • Pour ce que je suis (Because I do not belong)
  • Trop plus secret (I have awoken to being left forlorn)
  • De l'oeil de la fille du roy (Everyone fears a glance from the king's daughter)
  • Il viendra la jour (The long-awaited day will come)
  • Il est bien heureux (Happy is he who is free)
  • Pourqui-non, ne veuil je morir? (Why can't I die?)
  • Autant en emporte le vent (When carried by the wind)
  • A vous non autre (To you and you alone)
  • Pour ung jamais (Sorrow ceses not to torment me)
  • "Fraw Margaretsen Lied"--Pour ung jamais (instr.).
  • Ce n'est pas jeu (It is no game)
  • Tous nobles cuers (All worthy hearts)
  • Cueuers desolez/Dies illa [Rondeau on the Death of John of Luxembourg]

Composer Info

Pierre de la Rue (c.1460-1518).

CD Info


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