Compiled by Jerome F. Weber
This discography of troubadour songs is based on Hendrik van der Werf’s edition, The Extant Troubadour Melodies (Rochester NY, 1984), which is arranged alphabetically by composer. It is newly compiled for this series, formatted to match the Du Fay and Josquin des Prez discographies on this website. Recorded titles are in bold; each composer is named in bold at the head of his entries. Titles that do not match the Van der Werf edition, many of them contrafacta, are omitted, except for A l’entrada del tens clar (at the end), by way of exception. The excellent work of Pierre Roberge and Todd McComb in www.medieval.org/emfaq has furnished numerous additional entries (generally, those that lack timings and verses). Michael Gray’s website, classical-discography.org, provided details of some entries. Elizabeth Aubrey, the author of The Music of the Troubadours (Indiana University Press, 1996, pb 2000) responded to questions about verses of some recordings, pointing out the discrepancy between various manuscripts and editions in the order of verses and, in general, the problems of spelling,
The works and their composers are listed by the page number in the Van der Werf edition and followed by the numbers of Alfred Pillet and Henry Carstens, Bibliographie der Troubadours (Halle, 1933, not available to the compiler). The recordings are arranged chronologically, citing conductor, ensemble, date of recording if known, timing if available, and the verses included if known. Following is the issued format (78, 45, LP, 45LP, MC, CD, SACD), the label, the issue number(s), and album title. Verses are identified (without the benefit of a text edition) by comparison with the presumably complete recordings of each piece; the envois are not counted. It may be noted that about 2,500 troubadour song texts survive, of which Van der Werf has edited the surviving melodies of 236 chansons. This list indicates that at least 230 of them have been recorded.
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.
PMMS Troubadour Discography January 2019 (opens PDF).
May 2017; revised October 2017; revised January 2019