Daniel Mantey - 'When I see Winter Returning' - (Colin Muset, ca.1210)





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Published on Nov 18, 2011

'Quand je voir l'hiver revenir' - Colin Muset, ca.1210. Arranged and performed by Daniel Mantey - Music All Sorts; 'ude,' 'citole,' 2 'vielles,' 'symphonia,' flagolet, and voice, with Kenji Mantey and Ami Mantey - vocals.

I just love this song! The pre-Winter woes of a wandering minstrel: 'When I see Winter return, I must find a patron, fat, rich, who cannot count his money! He must love to eat pork, beef, lamb, duck, pheasant, deer...and delicious cheese!' I will not translate Verse two, in case children are listening (Ami and Kenji have no idea what it means! They only know Verse 1,which they here sing as Verse 3.)

I actually use two modified guitars, but think they sound rather like their Medieval ancestors, and two viola da gamba, and a Classical hurdy-gurdy, and a modern (wooden) penny-whistle but think I have created a VERY early 13th century sound!?! Colin Muset was a very famous Trouver (Troubador sort of?) and this, one of his more famous songs. So simple and SO beautiful. It is on my Winter CD (of course!) and recorded about 3 years ago. I think I did it all in Pythagorian? Just watched the video, and very cool, as I have captured the last sun of the late afternoon, as Winter is around the corner... Happy Winter, and beyond!

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