Guillaume de Machaut

Compiled by Jerome F. Weber

This discography of Guillaume de Machaut builds on the work first published in Fanfare in September 1979. It was superseded by the more detailed discography in Lawrence Earp’s magisterial Guillaume de Machaut: A Guide to Research (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1995). pp. 389-445. It uses Earp’s list of titles with the Mass placed first. Records of the poetic works are placed at the end. It has been refreshed from the original records and newly reformatted to match the Du Fay and Josquin des Prez discographies previously posted on this website. Additional entries, generally those that lack timings and verses, were found in www.medieval.org/emfaq, compiled by Pierre-F. Roberge and Todd McComb. Michael Gray’s website, Classical-discography.org, has provided additional details. I am very grateful to Lawrence Earp for many valuable contributions to the final draft.

The recordings of each work are arranged chronologically, citing conductor, ensemble, date of recording if known, timing if available, and number of verses; then the format of the recording (ac78, 78, 45, 7” 33, LP, MC, CD, SACD), the label, and the issue number(s). Each recorded performance is indicated, if known, as sung with instruments (w/i), sung with no instruments (n/i), or instrumental only. Album titles of mixed collections are added with CD disc/track number (t.) or LP side/band number (b.). All but ten titles have been recorded, although many others have not been recorded satisfactorily; five titles, V27/24, V2, L14/9, L21/15 and V20, have been recorded only instrumentally. Dates have been established from 1915 to 1948 for the first nine recordings (seventeen selections).

Chants for the Proper of the Mass are listed where they are included. The Kyrie is specified as polyphony sung four times (KCKK), nine times (3×3) or alternatim-praxis with either chant of Mass IV (alt chant) or organ intabulation from the codex Faenza (alt Faenza).

Unidentified: “Contrepoint à quatre” by André Bernard Brass Ens. instrumental (rec. 1976.11.) [2:13] LP: IPG. 7487

Additions and corrections may be conveyed to the compiler for inclusion in a revised version of the work. Go to Chantdiscography.com and click on ‘contact us’. A scan of a CD booklet that provides needed data would be invaluable.

January 2018

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