Albertet de Sestaro [Sestairo, Sestarron, Terascon; Albert de Sestaro, Terascon]
- Ian R. Parker
[Sestairo, Sestarron, Terascon; Albert de Sestaro, Terascon]
(flc1194–1221). Troubadour. According to his vida, he was born in the neighbourhood of Gap (Hautes-Alpes), the son of a jongleur called Asar. He was renowned as a singer, and for the originality of his melodies but not for his texts. He remained for many years in Orange but worked also in Italy from 1210 to 1221. He finally returned to Sistaron where he died. Of the 23 songs ascribed to him only two have complete melodies and a further one (En mon cor) is partly notated. One of the unnotated songs, the descort Bel m’es oimais (PC 16.7a) may have been the model for Colin Muset’s strophic lai Bel m’est li tans (R.284) but this is also without melody in its single source. Too few complete songs have survived to verify the extent of Albertet’s melodic originality. Mos coratges is conventional in form but, as recorded in the Ambrosiana manuscript, extremely ornate in style. The surviving portion of ...