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Cinc, un, treze, wit, nuef d'amour fine

Two-voice rondeau by Guillaume de Machaut


New York: Wildenstein Collection, fol. 317v (2/1);
Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français 843 (text); Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français 1584 (MachA), fol. 477 (2/1); Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français 1585 (MachB), fol. 316v (2/1); Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français 1586 (MachC), fol. 203 (2/1); Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français 9221 (MachE), fol. 142 (2/1); Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds français 22546 (MachG), fol. 150v (2/1).


1. Guillaume de Machaut: Musikalische Werke. Erster Band: Balladen, Rondeaux und Virelais, edited by Friedrich Ludwig, Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1926, p. 55.
2. The Works of Guillaume de Machaut, Second Part, edited by Leo Schrade, Monaco: Editions de L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1956. Polyphonic Music of the Fourteenth Century III, p. 146.
3. Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377), p. 7.

Text Editions

Guillaume de Machaut: poésies lyriques, 2 vols., edited by V. Chichmaref, Paris: 1909, p. 571.


1. MACHABEY, Armand. Guillaume de Machault, 130?-1377: La vie et l'oeuvre musicale, 2 vols, Paris: Richard-Masse-Editeur, 1955. Bibliothèque d'études musicales, p. 156.
2. GÜNTHER, Ursula. Der musikalische Stilwandel der französischen Liedkunst in der zweiten Hälfte des 14. Jahrhunderts, dargestelt an Virelais, Balladen und Rondeax von Machaut., Ph.D. dissertation, University of Hamburg: 1957, Chapter 4.2.
3. WILLIAMS, Sarah Jane. 'An author's role in fourteenth century book production: Guillaume de Machaut's "livre où je met toutes mes choses"', Romania, XC (1969), p. 452.
4. DÖMLING, Wolfgang. Die mehrstimmigen Balladen, Rondeaux und Virelais von Guillaume de Machaut: Untersuchungen zum musikalischen Satz, Tutzing: Schneider, 1970. Münchener Veröffentlichungen zur Musikgeschichte 16, pp. 28-30.
5. BOORMAN, Stanley. 'A new edition of Machaut', Early Music, V/4 (1977), p. 497.
6. HIRSHBERG, Jehoash. 'Hexachordal and modal structure in Machaut's polyphonic chansons', Studies in Musicology in Honor of Otto E. Albrecht, 1980.
7. GÜNTHER, Ursula. 'Contribution de la musicologie à la biographie et à la chronologie de Guillaume de Machaut', Guillaume de Machaut, poète et compositeur. Colloque - Table Ronde, 1978, pp. 95-116.


[Guillaume de Machaut], Music for a While, directed by Richard Taruskin (1977): Arch Records 1750 S 1773.


Cinc, un, treze, wit, nuef d'amour fine
M'ont espris sans definement.

Qu'Espoir wet que d'amer ne fine.
Cinc, un, treze, wit, nuef d'amour fine;
Si que plus que fins ors s'affine
Mes cuers pour amer finement.

Cinc, un, treze, wit, nuef d'amour fine
M'ont espris sans definement.


Five, one, thirteen, eight, nine with tender love
Have seized me without ending.

For Hope wishes that I cease not to love.
Five, one, thirteen, eight, nine with noble love;
So that refined more than fine gold
Is my heart to love truly.

Five, one, thirteen, eight, nine with tender love
Have seized me without ending.

Text revision and translation © Jennifer Garnham

Content Approved by: MMDB Director
Last updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2003

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