A Musical Life
Words and Books
Excerpts from Live Performances and CDs
With Acoustic Guitar
Folk songs and vintage favorites
Old standards and recent songs
3. Early Music
14th, 16th, and 17th Centuries
CD tracks from Telarc, Dorian and Vox
Live in concert, mostly 19th and 20th C. music
Art songs and an opera aria
"When I Behold the Lark" - the 850-year-old song
Listen to David's arrangement of a song by Bernart de Ventadorn, a 12th century Troubadour who served Eleanor of Aquitaine until she left France (and him) to become queen of England.
In this mournful song, a lark soars in the sunlight, beating its wings in joy, while the singer, forlorn and alone, laments his departed love.
The songs of the Troubadours are the oldest written secular songs in the western world. The language is Medieval Provençal.
David Gordon - voice, guitar, and electronics.
Recorded live in concert by Sarah Stearns.