8 Jun 2018
Australia’s premier vocal ensemble The Song Company presents a French romance from a time of storm and stress. Against the backdrop of the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death this ‘true’ love story from the Middle Ages charts the passionate affair between the 14th century’s most celebrated poet and composer, Guillaume de Machaut, and his super-fan, a beautiful noblewoman called Péronnelle d’Armentières. Their poetry, their letters, and Machaut’s extraordinary music combine to produce a unique semi-staged multi-sensory experience.
Journey with The Song Company to the coronation city of Rheims in the early 1360s, where, between entertaining the heir to the throne, Machaut begins a serious correspondence with this new and ardent young admirer. His relationship with Péronnelle is meticulously documented in what he called Le Livre du Voir Dit – “The book of the true story”.
Drawn from over 9,000 lines of poetry, letters, love-poems, songs, and pictures that they sent to each other, this True-Love-Story is the ultimate 14th-century multimedia presentation.
Once again, The Song Company rings in the new with their creative and contemporary take on this mediaeval classic.