Chantefable d'Aucassin et Nicolette

by David Warin Solomons

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Medieval song in Old French and Modern English translation introducing a singing play about two lovers

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released March 7, 2017

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David Warin Solomons Sale, UK

Composer from UK born in 1953, concentrating on lyrical and tonal works for chamber music combinations, solo voice and choral works.

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Track Name: Chantefable d'Aucassin et Nicolette
Chantefable d'Aucassin et Nicolette is a 13th Century song introducing a medieval singing play about two lovers. I have sung it in the original Old French pronunciation and

also in my modern English translation.
[Original French - English translation follows below]

Qui vauroit bons vers oir del deport du viel antif
De deux biaux enfans petis Nicholette et Aucasins
Des grans paines qu'il soufrit et des prouesses qu'il fit
por s'amie o'l' clair vis
Dos est li cans biaus li dis et cortois et bien asis
Nus hom n'est si esbahis tant dolans ni entrepris
de grant mal amala dis se il oit ne soit garis
et de joie resbaudis tant par est douce.
Qui vauroit bons vers oir del deport du viel antif
De deux biaux enfans petis Nicholette et Aucasins,
Nicholette et Aucasins

[English translation]

Who will hear a fine old song
'tis an ancient tale I sing
Of two young folk who could do no wrong
Nicolette and Aucassin
Of the sufferings he would embrace,
his acts were noble full of grace for his lover fair of face.
Sweet the song and full of renown
courtly gentle as I sing
No man can be so cast down taken up with suffering sore
with heavy worries and pain
that if he hears it he'll refrain and be joyful once again
so pretty and sweet the song is.
Who will hear a fine old song 'tis an ancient tale I sing
Of two young folk who could do no wrong
Nicolette and Aucassin, Nicolette and Aucassin