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Adam de la Halle Adam de la Halle is a thirteenth century composer who spent a good part of his life in Arras and is known as one of the last true trouveres. He was also known as Adam la Bossu and Adam d’Arras.
The works Conges and Jeu de la Feuilles are considered to have been written between 1276-1277, which have references to him leaving Arras to go to Paris where he would have resumed his education that had been interrupted by his marriage. Because of the dedications in his chansons, it is likely that he was under the patronage of the wealthy bourgeoisie and members of the aristocracy. Although his poetry is indicative of possible aspects of his life, it is impossible to distinguish what is art, what is fiction, and which of the different aspects reflect his life ad which reflect that of his patrons. He died in 1288 and it is estimated that he was in his late forties or early fifties at this time (Marshall and de la Halle). Le Jeu de Robin et Marion According to Dane, “Le Jeu de Robin et Marion is among the first secular vernacular dramas. It is in part a dramatization of the medieval lyric pastourelle (a quasi-dramatic lyric type involving an encounter between a knight and peasant)” (49). The piece was written in French and represents the social opposition in which the story of Robin Hood is most often thematically written. The presentation of the play is only available through hypotheticals, a given representation not having been passed down in history, although it is considered the historic example of the beginnings of the comic opera. The music is highly rhythmic and representative of medieval troubadour music. ...
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