In collaboration with Bourgie Hall, the 2022 edition of Medieval Music Days focused on one of the first and most influential secular literary-musical movements of the European Middle Ages. The troubadours, including their female counterparts the trobairitz, who flourished from the early 12th to the early 13th centuries in what is today Southern France, but which at the time was a separate land with its own vibrant and distinctive culture known as Occitania.

OCTOBER 19, 21, 22, 23 and 24

Unfolding of the event

Wednesday October 19, 5:30 PM: Conference at Bourgie Hall (in French) by musicologist Dujka Smoje: The lyrical poetry of the Troubadours

Friday October 21st, 8 PM: Concert by Ensemble Reverdies Montréal: "Mots d'amour et maux croisés!" - Songs from Occitania

The troubadours refined the rules of romantic poetry for generations thereafter. They called it fin amors, courtly love. The beloved was described as perfect, but usually her or his love was unrequited, and the resulting distress motivated the poet to sing. Poetry and music also mixed with the politics of the time, as crusading culture took hold of Europe. While the original focus of the crusades was Jerusalem, by the early 13 th century, crusades were being launched against Christians considered to be heretical. The most famous of these, the Albigensian Crusade, heralded the end of the troubadour era as Occitania was captured by the French and its culture was forced into decline. Reverdies Montréal presents a concert highlighting the fervency of love, longing, and destruction that permeated the lyrics of the troubadours. Their culture left a legacy that lived long after Occitania’s downfall.

Saturday October 22nd, 9:30 AM to 5 PM: Workshop for all with Reverdies Montréal.

Saturday October 22nd, 6 PM: Concert by Ensemble Comtessa: "Dejosta'ls breus jorns e'ls lonc sers" - Lyrical songs

COMTESSA follows the many stages of love from joy to despair through the lovesick poems of the Troubadours, presented and sung by Gabrielle Cloutier. Intertwined with these love poems are instrumental interludes taken from 13th century French dances and estampies.

Sunday October 23rd, 2:30 PM (Bourgie Hall): Concert by Ensemble Diabolus in Musica:"Un nouveau printemps du monde troubadour songs and 12th century polyphony from Aquitaine

Monday October 24th, 10:00 AM: Masterclass with Diabolus in Musica; for professional musicians and music students