Troubadours & The Beloved Orphic Essays-with-Soundtrack
A Note for Navigation:
The first installment of the archived program series (first presented in 2016), "The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love," of which "Valentine's Day" musical essay is an introduction to, can be found on page #6,"Archived Musical Essays"page on the index of pages on the left. The special page for the musical essay series is page #10,"Troubadours & The Beloved"page. There is also an additional subpage,"Troubadours & Courtly Love"under page #10.
The following supplementary writings are for the Gypsy Scholar's "Troubadours & the Beloved" series of essays. They serve to acquaint listeners with a general overview of the Troubadour tradition and the issues involved with research into and presentation of this tradition. Thus these supplementary writings go into more detail and depth than is allowed for during the radio broadcast. It is hoped that these radio essays--the Essay-with-Soundtrack--generate enough interest so that listeners will want to find out more about the Troubadour tradition one their own.
Because of the growing anti-Valentine's Day sentiment and thus the cynicism toward it, the GS felt obliged to provide both a "Polemical Preface, " an explanation and justification for doing a special program on this holiday for lovers, and a "General Introduction" for his "Troubadours & The Beloved" series of musical essays.
There are many contentious academic issues concerning the subject of the Troubadours and Courtly Love that cannot be adequately dealt with in the GS's music essays. Below you will find a link to a summary of these issues, which will help the layman with the background to the musical essays.
There are technical issues of geography and language that cannot be dealt with in these essays without taking up too much time to explain (not to mention being tedious on radio). These issues of geography and language are confusing to the average person with no background in the literature of the troubadours. Thus, the GS has tried to present here more detailed “academic” information, which he hopes will serve to make clearer the terms and, thus, their referents used in the musical essays.
Thematic Images for "The Troubadours & The Beloved: The Religion of Love "
Thematic Images for Troubadours & Courtly Love (Cortezia; Amour Courtois)
Thematic Images for Trobairitz (Women Troubadours)
Thematic Images for Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine & Courtly Love Ladies
Thematic Images for Famous Troubadours
Thematic Images for Troubadour Chanson-sheet music
De amore (c.1185), treatise on courtly love, which codified the rules of courtly love
Courtly Love, or Cortezia
Courtly Love's Wound
In the Art of Courtly Love, the entire spectrum of love--the joys and the sorrows--was recognized, and a great part of it (in the "Code of Love") was the problem of unrequited or lost love.
Thematic Images for Modern Troubadours
It needs to be pointed out that the GS will be using two terms interchangeably that geographically identify the region of what we know today as southern France: Occitania (or the Occitan) and Languedoc. This can be confusing, but it's the standard usage among scholars and other writers dealing with the Troubadours. (The "Troubadours of the Provence" is also the standard designation, even though in the 12th century the region of the Provence was one among several provinces--but not the original home--where the troubadours lived. Hence the entire cultural-lingustic designation for the troubadours: Provençal.) "Languedoc" is both a geographical and linguistic (langue d'oc) designation. As a geographical region of the Middlle Ages, Languedoc represented a greater area than the province of the same name today (as does the Provence). When scholars use the desigantion Languedoc for the south of France wherein dwelt the troubadours, they are referring to the entire region where a Latin-based Romance language was spoken (langue d'oc, as opposed to the north's language of langue d'oil). For a more detailed explanation, see my text above, "Geography & Language of the Troubadours."
fractured (fractal) heart
For a different take on what the erotic relationship between a woman and a man--whether one of the pair is human or not--looks like when it is "Impossible Love," click on image. >>>
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