I am currently translating the chansons, rondeaux and motets of Adam de la Halle (c1247-c1287) also known as Adam d’Arras, and Adam le Bossu, poet and composer, and considered the last of the troubadours, who was probably born in the city of Arras in Picardy. He also wrote two secular musical dramas, possibly the first such of the period, and other pieces. His works anticipate the French 14th century developments that led to those of Guillaume de Machaut, and display a like mastery of the language of courtly love. In these translations the rhyme-schemes will be varied slightly in places due to the paucity of rhymes in English, while seeking to retain the robust flavour of the originals.
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