Guy de Coucy

Le Chastelain de Couci (modern orthography Le Châtelain de Coucy) was a French trouvère of the 12th century. He may have been the Guy de Couci who was castellan of Château de Coucy from 1186 to 1203.

Some twenty-six songs, written in langue d'oïl are attributed to him, and about fifteen or sixteen are considered authentic. They are modelled very closely on Provençal originals, but are saved from the category of mere imitations by a grace and simplicity peculiar to the author. The legend of the love of the Châtelain de Coucy and the Lady of Fayel, in which there figures a jealous husband who makes his wife eat the heart of her lover, has no historical basis, and dates from a late 13th century romance by Jakemon Sakesep.

The story, which seems to be Breton in origin, has been also told of a Provençal troubadour, Guilhem de Cabestaing, and of the minnesinger Reinmar von Brennenberg. Pierre de Belloy, who wrote some account of the family of Couci, made the story the subject of his tragedy Gabrielle de Vergy.

Birth and Death Data: Born 12th century, Died 13th century

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913 - 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12856 10-in. 1/29/1913 When the nightingale shall sing Reinald Werrenrath Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-15803 10-in. 9/21/1926 Merci clamant Raymond Dixon Male vocal solo, with harp and lute composer  
Victor B-15803 10-in. 3/17/1915 Merci clamant Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] Male vocal solo, with harp and lute composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "de Coucy, Guy," accessed November 30, 2023,

de Coucy, Guy. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2023, from

"de Coucy, Guy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 November 2023.

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