Siegmund Levarie (essay date 1954)
SOURCE: Levarie, Siegmund. “Guillaume de Machaut and His Time.” In Guillaume de Machaut, edited by John J. Baker, pp. 3-36. New York: Da Capo Press, 1969.
[In the following essay, originally published in 1954, Levarie discusses Machaut's life and work in the wider context of fourteenth-century social and political upheavals, also explaining the impact of the plague epidemic on social life.]
Guillaume de Machaut, composer and poet, was born around 1300 in the village of Machault near Réthel in the Champagne in France and died in 1377 as a canon of Rheims. Chronologically and artistically he represents his century, with which his life almost coincided and from which...
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