Jehan de Lescurel

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Jehan de Lescurel (fl. early 14th century; also Jehannot de l'Escurel) was a poet and composer of the late Medieval era.

Life and career[edit]

Nothing is known of his life other than that he was the son of a merchant in Paris, and he probably received his musical training at the Notre Dame cathedral. For many years, it has been presumed he was hanged on May 23, 1304, along with three other young clerics of Notre Dame, including Oudinet Pisdoé, for "debauchery" and "crimes against women".[1] Recent research has shown that "Jehan de Lescurel" was a rather common name in early fourteenth-century Paris, and no link is found between Jehan de Lescurel, the composer and some Jehan de Lescurel who was hanged.[2]


He was a transitional figure from the trouvère period to the ars nova. His lyrical style unites him with the composers of the later period. The sole source for his music is the same manuscript (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS français 146) which preserves the interpolated version of the Roman de Fauvel.[citation needed]

Most of his works are monophonic songs, in the style of the trouvères; only one of his 34 works is polyphonic, although he wrote other works which have not survived. The songs are virelais, ballades, rondeaux and diz entés; they include word painting more in the style of the later 14th-century composers than those of the 13th century; they are simple, charming, and debauchery is not a prominent theme.[citation needed]


List of compositions by Jehan de Lescurel[3]
W Title Genre
W 1 A vous, douce debonnaire[a] Rondeau
W 2 Amours aus vrais cuers commune Ballade
W 3 A vous, douce debonnaire[b] Rondeau
W 4 Amours cent mille merciz Ballade
W 5 Amour, voules vous acorder Ballade
W 6 Amours que vous ai meffait Ballade
W 7 Abundance de felonnie Ballade
W 8 Amours trop vous doi cherir Ballade
W 9 Bietris est mes delis Rondeau
W 10 Bien se lace Ballade
W 11 Bontes, sen, valours et pris Ballade
W 12 Bonne amour me rent Ballade
W 13 Bonnement m'agree Rondeau
W 14 Belle et noble a bonne estrainne Rondeau
W 15 Bien se peust apercevoir Ballade
W 16 Belle com loiaus amans Ballade
W 17 Comment que pour l'eloignance Ballade
W 18 De gracieuse dame amer Rondeau
W 19 De la grant joie d'amours Ballade
W 20 Douce Amour confortez moi Ballade
W 21 Dame vo regars m'ont mis en la voie Ballade
W 22 D'amour qui n'est bien celee Ballade
W 23 Dame gracieuse et bele Ballade
W 24 Dame, par vo dous regart Rondeau
W 25 Douce dame je vous pri Rondeau
W 26 Douce desirree Rondeau
W 27 Dame, si vous vient a gre Rondeau
W 28 Diex quant la verrai Rondeau
W 29 Dis tans plus qu'il ne faudroit flours Ballade
W 30 Fi, mesdisans esragie Ballade
W 31 Guilleurs me font mout souvent Rondeau
W 32 Gracieusette Ballade
W 33 Gracieuse, faitisse et sage Diz entez
W 34 Gracieus temps est quant rosier Diz entez
No other works by Jehan survive


  • Wilkins, Nigel [de] (1966). The Works of Jehan de l'Escurel. Corpus mensurabilis musicae. 30. Cambridge, Massachusetts: American Institute of Musicology. OCLC 1123637753.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


  1. ^ Version for three voices
  2. ^ Version for one voice




Journals and articles

Further reading[edit]

  • Mediabook "Songé .i. Songe" (Jehan de Lescurel. Songs and one of the Dits Entés: "Gracïeux temps") by theEnsemble Syntagma, dir. A.Danilevski, essay by E. Danilevski EAN 3003651420002

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