7 poems by Louïze Labé (16th century)
Soprano, flute, percussion
UA: 27/2/1980, Gent, Dorothy Dorow, Sopr.; Rien de Reede, Fl.; Willy Goudswaard, Perc.
DE: 18/9/1983, Hamburg, Dorothy Dorow, Sopr.; Rien de Reede, Fl.; Willy Goudswaard, Perc.
CD: Konrad Boehmer, BVHAAST 9008 (CD 1990)
Performer(s) : Ellen van Lier (sopr.), Lucia Arends (fl.), Michael de Roo (perc.)
Louïze Labé (* 1520 – † 1566) was active in a circle of Lyonnais poets and humanists grouped around the figure of Maurice Scève. Her 24 sonnets were printed in 1555. They belong to the most intense of Renaissance lyric poetry.
The seven sonnets I have chosen are my favourites. I opted for an extreme reduced instrumental accompaniment in the spirit of the Renaissance performance of poetry.
You can download the score here: Je vis je meurs