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date: 21 November 2019

Raimbaut d'Aurenga locked

  • Elizabeth Aubrey

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(fl 1162–73; d Cortezon). Troubadour. He was a lord of the town of Omelas, west of Montpellier. Through his father he was a vassal of the seigneurs of Montpellier; he also had connections, through his mother, with the lords of Baux. Raimbaut maintained a fairly lavish court at his castle at Cortezon (between Orange and Avignon in the marquisate of Provence), where he may have received Marcabru, Guiraut de Bornelh, and Peire d'Alvernhe, and a joglar named Levet who is mentioned in his poems and in his testament. His 40 surviving poems contain allusions to French literature, Ovid and rhetoric, with recondite versification schemes, a style known as trobar ric. Only one canso melody is extant, in the northern French source F-Pn fr.20050: Pos tals sabers mi sors e·m creis (PC 389.36; ed. in van der Werf and in Aubrey). It is essentially through-composed, but several phrases are repeated with variations, a common technique among the troubadours. It makes use of a three-note rising figure at the beginning of almost every phrase, similar to motivic treatments in music by his contemporaries....

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