Gautier de Coincy, “S’amour dont sui espris”

This is day two of the A-toZ Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) during the month of April. Today’s letter is C and I will write about a medieval composer named Gautier de Coincy.

From Wikipedia:  “Gautier de Coincy (1177–1236) was a French abbotpoet and musical arranger, chiefly known for his devotion to the Virgin Mary.”

The “S’amour dont sui espris,” is a song from a collection that Coincy wrote in honor of the Virgin Mary.  Apparently there was a group of monks and theologians at the time who advocated a softer approach to religion in contrast to the harsh, self flagellating scholasticism of the time.  These monks devoted themselves to the Virgin Mary and wrote sometime humorous love poems to her.  The more rakish the subject matter, the better, with the goal of showing that the Virgin Mary forgave even the most debauched sinners.

I can’t find a translation of the medieval French, but I did find another version, sung by a male, which is also quite beautiful.  Can anyone else find the words for me and post them?  Thanks


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7 Responses to Gautier de Coincy, “S’amour dont sui espris”

  1. kvennarad says:

    French is my second language, but even I find medieval French a little taxing. I have tracked down a pdf of the words and music, however, if that is any use to you.

    This is a very beautiful piece. It makes me wonder how much more ancient music we have lost, even from before the Middle Ages. I have a favourite Album – ‘The Service of Venus and Mars’ by Gothic Voices – which is invisible on YouTube but surely must be available somewhere. If you can track that down, listen to the amazing polyphony of Pycard’s ‘Gloria’, in which the final ‘amen’ is a wordless ‘ah’, woven from many threads of melody, that goes on for bar after bar.


  2. very interesting! Looking at the title I wondered if I found a page in another language until started reading. Anyway, Thanks for sharing! I have never heard of this composer before. Always fun to learn something new.

    Enjoy your A-z!


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