Adam, de La Halle

Adam de la Halle (1245–50 – 1285–8/after 1306) was a French poet-composer trouvère. Among the few medieval composers to write both monophonic and polyphonic music, in this respect he has been considered both a conservative and progressive composer, resulting in a complex legacy: he cultivated admired representatives of older trouvère genres, but also experimented with newer dramatic works. Adam represented the final generation of the trouvère tradition and "has long been regarded as one of the most important musical and literary figures of thirteenth-century Europe".

Adam's literary and musical works include chansons and jeux-partis (poetic debates) in the style of the trouvères; polyphonic rondel and motets in the style of early liturgical polyphony; and a musical play, Jeu de Robin et Marion (c. 1282–83), which is considered the earliest surviving secular French play with music. He was a member of the Confrérie des jongleurs et bourgeois d'Arras, a fraternity of jongleurs.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1245 (Arras), Died 1288 (Naples)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-15594 10-in. 9/21/1926 Robins m'aime Raymond Dixon Male vocal solo, with harp and lute composer  
Victor B-15594 10-in. 1/14/1915 Robins m'aime Raymond Dixon Male vocal solo, with harp and lute composer  
Victor CS-87089 12-in. 1/18/1935 Robin loves me—Part 1 Bruce Carey Vocal chorus, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL2248 10-in. 5/1/1930 Ce fut en mai : Pastourelle Andrée Gastoué ; René Michaux ; Mlle. Pironnay Female vocal solo, with viola d'amour composer  


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