Chansons, Rondeaux, Motets

La Halle, Adam de (c.1240–c.1288), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Adam de la Halle, often referred to as Adam d’Arras, or Adam le Bossu, was a notable poet and composer from the 13th century. Born in Arras, Picardy, he received his education at Vaucelles Abbey. Later, he became associated with Robert II, Count of Artois, and possibly accompanied him to Naples, there attending the court of Robert’s uncle, Charles of Anjou. Adam is credited with pioneering secular musical dramas of his era and producing a collection of chansons, rondels, and motets. His compositions are significant as they are preserved with their original music. He appears to have studied polyphonic composition at the University of Paris. Adam’s contributions laid the groundwork for future French musical evolutions, culminating in the works of Guillaume de Machaut.

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Kline, A. S.

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