Gentilz gallans de France: The Vicissitudes of a French War Song between Brittany and Rome

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Abstract

This essay endeavours to retrace the rich musical and contextual history of several monophonic and polyphonic Gentil(z) gal(l)an(s) chansons, with a particular emphasis on Gentilz gallans de France. If the latter’s text strongly suggests, in its monophonic transmission, a direct link with King Charles VIII of France and his guerre folle against Brittany, its later polyphonic diffusion in combination with another monophonic song in its various, almost exclusively Italian concordances, in addition to its resurfacing, together with yet another Gentil galan song, in a partly ‘imitation’, partly cantus firmus mass ascribed to ‘Pintelli’ in the Roman source V-CVbav, Capp. Sist. 41, may be associated with Charles’s Italian military campaign of 1494-95. This hypothesis could be further corroborated if, as apparently indicated by codicological and stylistic evidence, the polyphonic setting of Gentil(z) gal(l)an(s) de France is by Loyset Compère, since the composer may have accompanied the King throughout the Italian peninsula.
Translated title of the contributionGentilz gallans de France: The Vicissitudes of a French War Song between Brittany and Rome
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-51
Number of pages44
JournalMusica Disciplina
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Das tatsächliche Erscheinungsjahr weicht aber vom Jahrgang ab (2014)

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