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Medieval Romance Poetry

Medieval Romance Poetry

Professor of Romance Languages Dr. Mario Pei (1901-1978) presents a lecture on the romance poetry of the European medieval period, a period spanning the time from Charlemagne (circa 800 AD) to the beginning of the Italian Renaissance (circa 1400 AD). The earliest of these poems was the “Song of Roland” (“La Chanson de Roland”). This epic poem tells of the Battle of Roncevaux and of the death of Roland, a trusted ally of Charlemagne. This poem became the model for similar poems including the Spanish poem “El Cantar de mio Cid” (“The Song of my Cid”). Professor Pei reads the poems in their original language and in English. The liner notes provide the complete text of the lecture.

Track Listing

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Introduction Mario A. Pei 3:35
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The Song of Roland (Old French): Background and History Mario A. Pei 3:25
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The Song of Roland - Part 1 Mario A. Pei 5:50
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The Song of Roland - Part 2 Mario A. Pei 6:07
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The Song of Roland - Part 3 Mario A. Pei 2:03
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The Song of Roland: Its Influence on Other National Epics Mario A. Pei 3:06
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Cantar de Myo Cid (Old Spanish) Mario A. Pei 5:04
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Bernaldo del Carpio (Old Spanish) Mario A. Pei 2:31
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Altabiskarco Cantua (Basque) Mario A. Pei 4:25
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Provençal Poetry Mario A. Pei 6:04
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Rambaut de Vaqueiras - I (Provençal, Italian, French, Gascon, Spanish) Mario A. Pei 5:00
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Rambaut de Vaqueiras - II (Provençal and Genoese Italian) Mario A. Pei 7:34
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Cielo D'Alcamo (Sicilian) Mario A. Pei 10:00
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Cantico Delle Creature (Old Italian): St. Francis of Assisi Mario A. Pei 4:42
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Cantiga de Amigo (Old Portuguese): Martin Codax Mario A. Pei 1:31
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Song of Love (Old Portuguese): King Sancho Mario A. Pei 0:59
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Camoes (Old Portuguese) Mario A. Pei 1:42
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Conclusion Mario A. Pei 1:13
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