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Mahieu le Juiflocked

  • Robert Falck

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(fl ?13th century). French trouvère. Although only two songs have been ascribed to him, Mahieu occupies a unique position in the annals of trouvère song. Par grant franchise (R.782; ed. in Beck, also ed. in CMM, cvii, 1997, vol. vi, no.457) enjoyed extraordinary popularity, having been preserved in no fewer than 12 sources including one Provençal manuscript. The subject of the song no doubt accounts for its fame: for the sake of his lady, Mahieu had abandoned the faith of his fathers and embraced Christianity, but rather than her favour he received only ridicule. The melody of this chanson, which is subject to a great deal of variation from source to source, is simple, well constructed and effective. ...

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