Alla francesca - Discantus - Brigitte Lesne

Love variations

Work in progress 2017


Under the distant love theme - the troubadours' "amor de lonh" - this new program will be proposed in various variations: as a trio, a solo and as a quintet in his "whole" version.

The artistic team is composed of the 3 singers-musicians from the "Nombrer les étoiles" show, created in 2016. As a trio, the premiere was proposed in January, 2017, at the national stage of Cherbourg, Le Trident, during a "Music room": Love variations, the distant love...
The quintet version will be created in May 2017.
Brigitte Lesne, as a soloist, explore the theme with a new recital: "love variations, Roman lyric, mirror of woman".

Songs, motets and conductus from the 13th century will be part of these different "love variations". Trouveres' profane songs - in oïl language (old French)- as well as sacred polyphonies in latin will be choosen for their musical and litterary qualities, and will highlight the melodic and poetic themes movement in their variations, borrowing, imitations. The listener will recognize some themes, some texts and will be moved by them. According to the number of musicians onstage, the program will present works from 12th to 14th century (Guillaume de Machaut)...


Ensemble Alla francesca
Brigitte Lesne / voice, harp, percussions
As a trio with:
Vivabiancaluna Biffi / voice, fiddle
Christel Boiron / voice
As a quintet with:
Lior Leibovici / voice
Nolwenn Le Guern / fiddle

Conceived by Brigitte Lesne, the researches above the musical corpus are linked to her work in partnership with Anne Ibos-Augé (PhD in musicology) and Marie-Geneviève Grossel (PhD in litterature and human sciences).
Their common reflections will become a paper untitled " Word, note and copist: overview of different versions of songs, conductus and motets at the 12th and 13th centuries" in the congress "Who says tradition says mistake?" Mistakes in the sung corpus from the Middle Age and Renaissance (first French-Italian congress " Philology and musicology") taking place in May 2017 in the South of France.


Creation 2017