We are sorry to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, the concert ‘Minnesang as a Mirror of Otherness’ on Tuesday 4 July is cancelled.
However, we are delighted announce that another concert will take place in its stead.
Otherness in the World of the Troubadours
Performed, with commentary, by Jon Erik Schelander
Leeds Universities Catholic Chaplaincy
The Troubadours were songwriters who composed and performed in the 12th and 13th centuries in what is now the South of France. They created a new poetry in their songs, wildly inventive in form, with beautiful melodies.
Many elements of the troubadour’s world and art was marked by tensions generated by otherness – some resolved and others, tragically, not. These weave profoundly through the whole of their history, expressed in their language and the way their songs approach issues of social standing, gender, and religion.
This programme will include songs and poetry by Guilhem Peiteus, Jaufre Rudel, Bernart de Ventadorn, Guiraut de Bornelh, Raimbaut de Vaqueiras, Comtessa de Die, Peire Cardenal, Aimeric de Pegulhan, Albertet, Rigaut de Berbezilh, Pons d’Ortaffa and Uc de Sainte Circ. The concert will be framed by Guiraut de Bornelh’s dawn song – the Alba, ‘Reis Glorios’. Here, in the most iconic example of ‘otherness’ in this literature, the woman (whose voice is not heard) is poised between night and day, and between ‘the Jealous One’ and the ‘Other’, her heart’s chosen lover.
Jon Erik Schelander started singing the songs of the Troubadours 25 years ago in the Languedoc, France where Occitan, the language of the Troubadours, is still spoken. He performs these songs with the intensity that they demand. He sets the songs in their historical context with vivid storytelling, and breathes life into them with his rich voice.
His work in medieval music has included publishing two Troubadour songbooks, translations of Troubadour texts and the making of musical instruments. He served for two years on the Board of Directors of CREMM – TROBAR: Gerard Zuchetto’s Centre de Recherche et d’Expression des Musiques Medievales in Carcassonne, France. He has performed Troubadour programs for universities, early music groups, arts centres, folk festivals, and the Edinburgh Fringe as well as on the radio in France and England.
If you had purchased a ticket for ‘Minnesang as a Mirror of Otherness’, you have automatically been provided with a ticket for this event. However, please contact us or come to the Information and Payment Desk at the IMC if you would prefer to have a full refund.
Tickets for this event will be available on the door, or from the Events and Excursions Tickets Desk in Parkinson Court.
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