Rigaut de Berbezilh
- Elizabeth Aubrey
(fl 1140–62). Troubadour. He evidently came from Barbezieux, in the Saintonge and Cognac region, north of Blaye. He was evidently a knight, probably the younger of two sons in a family of deputies to the Lord of Berbezilh, and seems to have been a distant cousin of Jaufre Rudel. A document dating from after 1157 indicates that Rigaut became a monk. His poetic output includes one planh and ten cansos. His poems contain beasts, birds, stars and other natural objects, and allusions to Ovid and the Perceval tale. The Perceval song, two of the bestiary songs and a traditional love canso survive with melodies, which are neumatic in texture with many leaps of 3rds, through-composed but with some varied repetition of phrases, generally staying within the range of an octave. A few of his songs achieved long-lasting fame, such as Atressi cum l'orifans, whose melody survives in three manuscripts, and whose text appears in a late 13th-century Italian ...