Scholars of music and literature of the Middle Ages explore the work and milieu of 13th-century French composer, dramatist, and poet Adam de la Halle
. In sections on the northern milieu, material contexts of Arrageois song, genres in context, and traditions and transformations, they show how he was influenced both by his urban environment at Arras and by the community of artists active in the north of France.
Looking at individual manuscript collections of works by Philippe de Novare, Marie de France, Robert de Blois, Adam de la Halle
, and Rutebeuf, Mikhailova-Makarius observes a striking pattern in the way in which compilers present these authors and their oeuvres; in each case, the author's life and progression of works are made to mirror the exemplary narrative structure of the saint's life, evolving in their subject matter from youthful love to worldly affairs to divine contemplation.
Chapter 4 adds two more case studies, motets by Adam de la Halle
. While the connection she posits between the depiction of madness in the composer's literary work, Jeu de la feuillee and the play of rhymes in two of his motets might seem a bit strained, Dillon's analyses of the musical works in this case do marry, and effectively so, textual with musico-analytical insights.
In a bold move, Ensemble Anonymous, a group specializing in music from the medieval era, was cast in The Story of Robin and Marion, a delightful work by Adam de la Halle
(1240-1287) that might well be the first musical comedy written.
The material she considers is Adam de la Halle
's Jeu de Robin et Marion, Jean Froissart, and Christine de Pizan's Dit de la pastoure.
En general, el disco contiene 21 piezas de varios compositores; ademas de los mencionados, Adam de la Halle
(a veces se encuentra como Adam de la Hale, 1230ca.-1287?), y de T.
An analysis of phonetic relationships in a motet by Adam de la Halle
, for example, leads to the idea that 'verbal play stresses Adam's identity as performer, perceived in relation to other performers; his presence as poetic subject, stamped into the phonetic texture of the piece, serves to unify the voices' (p.