The pastourelle subsection of the Douce 308 chansonnier section is one of the most fascinating parts of the manuscript and one I plan to return to in future work. One of the more curious items in the section is a two-stanza lyric that presents a dialogue between a knight and a shepherd in which the knight has overheard the shepherd singing a refrain and has understood this refrain as a sexual boasting. In the second stanza, the shepherd refutes this, claiming that far from a personal boast, he was just singing a little song. This two stanza song effectively ‘songifies’ two voices from a motet complex that has been widely discussed and performed and which may possibly originally have been two motets on the same tenor designed to be performed one after another as a sort of dialogue. All quite intriguing.
I can’t tweet this link directly, but OUP allows me to post it here. It should give access to the full text of my review of Motets from the Chansonnier de Noailles. Ed. Gaël Saint-Cricq with Eglal Doss-Quinby and Samuel N. Rosenberg. Pp.192 (A-R Editions, Middleton, Wis., 2017) $360. ISBN 978-0-89579-862-6in Music & Letters 99/2 (2018), 281-285. Full text link.