Medieval Europe 814-1450: Music - Research Article from Arts and Humanities Through the Eras

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Missa Se La Face Ay Pale

Secular Elements in the Sacred Repertory.

In 1434–35, while Guillaume Dufay was first in the service of the duke of Savoy, he wrote a chanson, Se la face ay pale, thought to be in honor of Anne de Lusignan, who was the duchess of Savoy (part of the kingdom of Burgundy). Although his whereabouts prior to 1452 are unknown, it is clear that he lived in Savoy between 1452 and 1458, and among the many compositions he wrote for various occasions was a cyclic mass, the Missa Se la face ay pale, based on the tenor of the earlier chanson. One can only guess at what might have been the very special significance the earlier chanson had for the Savoy court.

Punning Rhymes.

The text of the chanson is an unusual ballade because instead of the usual lines of eight or ten syllables...

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