My End Is My Beginning

My End Is My Beginning

Premiere: October the 3rd 2000 
at KIEK IN DE KÖK, Tallinn

based on:

Guillaume de Machaut (1300?1377)

“Le Livre Dou Voir Dit”

dramatisation ANU LAMP

translated into Estonian by KAIA SISASK, ANU LAMP, INDREK HIRV (verses)

director ANNE TÜRNPU

set design ENE-LIIS SEMPER

light TÕNNO TOOMRA

cast

ALEKSANDER EELMAA Lover (Lamant)

INGRIT VAHER Dame (Toute bele)

ANNE TÜRNPU Servant (Le secretaire)

 

Early Music Ensemble RONDELLUS

MARIA STAAK / VEIKO KIIVER / TÕNU JÕESAAR / ROBERT STAAK

 

~1300 Guillaume de Machaut is born. 73 million people live in Europe (~ 20 million in France )

~1323 Machaut becomes the secretary and chaplain of Jean de Luxembourg King of Bohemia

1329-1331 Machaut accompanies the King on his invasion to Poland , Russia , Lithuenia, Italy and Austria

1337 Machaut becomes the Canon of Rheims. Begins A Hundred Years War that  lasts until 1453

1346 the King Jean de Luxembourg is killed in the Battle of Grécy

1348 the plague reaches Euroope

1358 riots in France . The townspeople riot in Paris , in the countryside the peasants uprising takes place (Jacquerie). The noblesse stifles both of them.

1361 the second wave of plague in Europe

13611362 Machaut is sick and writes his “will” the ballad “Pleures, dames”

1362 May a friend brings Machaut a letter from the Dame

1363 May-June Machaut starts writing “Le Voir Dit”

1st of May 1365 the last dated letter from the Dame

1377 April Guillaume de Machaut dies

 

Major works of Guillaume de Machaut:

Poetry:

“Le Jugement dou roy de Behaingne”  before 1346

“Le Jugement dou roy de Navarre ” 1349

“Le Remedede de Fortune” 13421349?

“Le Louange des Dames” ?

“Le Livre dou Voir Dit”  ~1365

Music:

Mass “La Messe de Nostre Dame”,

23 motets, 38 ballads, 19 rondeaus, 22 lais, 38 virelais, David Hoquetus

 

“Le Livre dou Voir Dif”

“Le Livre dou Voir Dit” is one of the masterpieces of Guillaume de Machaut.

The book includes the correspondence of the poet

and a young noblewoman (46 letters).

The letters are united by 9000 lines of verse

and poems that the lovers sent each other.

Machaut has written also music to eight of these poems.

 

Nes quon porroit les estoiles nombrer

Quant on les voit luire plus clerement

Et les goutes de pluie et de la mer

Et lareinne seur quoy elle sestent

Et compasser le tour dou firmament

Ne porroit on penser ne concevoir

Le grant desir que iay de vous veoir

Et si ne puis pardevers vous aler

Pour fortune qui le wet et deffent

Dont maint souspir me couvient estrangler

Quant a vous pense et ie sui entre gent

Et quant ie sui par moy secretement

Adont me fait tous meschies recevoir

Le grant desir que iay de vous veoir

Quar il me fait complaindre et dolouser

Et regreter vostre viaire gent

Et vo biaute souvereinne et sans per

Et la tresgrant douceur qui en descent

Einsi me fait languir piteusement

Mon cuer esprent et estaint mon espoir

Le grant desir que iay de vous veoir

 

 

 

 

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