Bernart de Ventadorn [1130-1190] represents one of the finest examples of the Occitan poetry of the troubadours of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. He is now thought of as “the Master Singer” he developed the cansos into a more formalized style which allowed for sudden turns and twists as can be heard in the music below. Bernart was known for being able to portray his woman as a divine agent in one moment and then in a sudden twist, portraying her as Eve, the cause of man’s initial sin.
He composed his first poems to his patron’s wife, Marguerite de Turenne. However, he was forced to leave Ventadour after falling in love with Marguerite, so he traveled to Montluçon and Toulouse, and eventually followed Eleanor of Aquitaine to England.
Forty-five of his poems survive, eighteen of which have musical accompaniment.
This performance was from the Festival TROBAREA 2009 à Gréolières (France, O6)