C'est La Fin / Pour Mon Cuer
[Guillaume d'Amiens, 13th century / anon., arr. John Sothcott]
Shirley Collins sang these two short Medieval French songs on her and her sister Dolly's 1976 album Amaranth; She was accompanied by John Sothcott on vielle. Their album notes commented:
Two short songs from the Northern French Trouvère Tradition of the 12th and 13th centuries. It is likely that Blondel de Nesle, Minstrel to Richard The Lionheart (himself a Trouvère), would have played the vielle as accompaniment to his master's song.
Emily Askew sang C'est la Fin in 2017 on her band's CD Alchemy. She commented in her liner notes:
[…] We follow it by C'est la Fin by Guillaum d'Amiens, who was a Trouvère and painter from Amiens. All his songs are preserved in a single chansonnier (songbook) from Arras. The only reference to Guillaume outside of the chansonnier is in a list of taxpayers in Amiens in 1301, which mentions a “William the Painter”.
|Shirley Collins sings C'est la Fin||Translation|
C'est la fin koi que nus die, j'amerai!
It's the end whatever anyone may say, I shall love!