Je chante ung chant

An Archive of Late-Medieval French Lyrics

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Quant en moy

Detail of Quant en moy from Machaut MS A, f.414v. Image by kind permission of Bibliothèque nationale de France

Je chante ung chant
An Archive of Late-Medieval French Lyrics

This website presents an online searchable corpus of late-medieval French lyrics, predominantly drawn from the fourteenth-century song and motet repertory, most of which have been relatively little studied by scholars, both within and outside musicology.

The collection includes the contents of a few complete MSS, as well as selections from other significant collections, and the works of the major French poet-composer of the time, Guillaume de Machaut. Work is ongoing to add to the corpus of lyrics ca. 1280-1420 over time.

The content of the Archive in this preliminary version can be accessed by browsing the incipits of the texts and by searching the whole repository with simple queries. More browsable lists and extended search capabilities will be added over time.

Machaut's motets (for example, Quant en moy) have been especially richly edited, and show the capabilities of the Archive to their fullest extent. For further details of features, see the notes on the edition and manuscript views in the online help.



The Archive was initiated as part of the AHRC-funded project entitled Citation and Allusion in the Ars Nova French Chanson and Motet: Memory, Tradition, Innovation, led by Prof Yolanda Plumley, Department of History, University of Exeter. It has been further developed as part of the Leverhulme funded project Guillaume de Machaut: Music, Image, Text in the Middle Ages.

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