Kalenda Maya (The first of May)





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Published on Dec 5, 2008

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Song by Raimbault de Vaqueiras, court musician (and also troubadour) of Marquis Bonifacio of Monferrato (referred to in the song as Lord Engles).
It is a song of courtly love rather than of spring but it calls itself an "estampie" (a stamping song), so I suppose it is rather more "rustic" than the courtly songs of later times. It is performed here with David W Solomons singing countertenor, along with temple bells and various recorder and drum soundfonts.

The translation from Provençal (ie old Occitan) is mine, using help from various sources.

The images are taken from Wikimedia and include - with thanks to the various wikimedia providers - :
Springtime - Alfred East [wikimedia user:Thyra]
Springtime Claude Monet [wikimedia user:Rlbberlin]
László Mednyánszky (1852-1919) Hillside at Springtime
[wikimedia user:Pataki_Márta]
Aegerisee [wikimedia user:Javier_Carro]
The lady and the Unicorn [wikimedia user:Evening.star ]

Flandrisk dam [wikimedia user:Lokal_Profil]
Le petit messager - Charles Leandre [wikimedia user:Phbpub ]
Tapisserie moyen-age dame licorne [Wikimedia User:Pierre-Emmanuel_Malissin ]


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