The Complete Poetry and Music of Guillaume de Machaut

R. Barton Palmer and Yolanda Plumley (general editors)

At the heart of our initiative is the making of a complete edition of Machaut’s entire oeuvre, published by Middle English Text Series (METS), the Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages (TEAMS), and Medieval Institute Publications (western Michigan University, Kalamazoo). This new critical edition represents the first time all the literary and musical works will be edited to modern scholarly standards in a single campaign. It involves close collaboration between experts of medieval French literature, music and art history, and is designed to meet the needs of advanced scholars and musicians, as well as students and performers new to Machaut’s work. For the first time, text and music will be presented in an integrated manner in line with the original texts. Each volume includes an introductory study that synthesizes new research with existing knowledge; full English translation facing the edited original text; notes for performance and pronunciation; art-historical commentary on the accompanying manuscript illuminations; and detailed critical notes, including collation of manuscript variants for each work. The edited music is serving for a series of sound recordings by the Orlando Consort (Hyperion Records) dedicated to the complete polyphonic songs of Machaut; it also served the purpose-made sound recordings integrated into the project The Works of Guillaume de Machaut: Music, Text, Image.

Volume 1 THE DEBATE POEMS (Le Jugement du Roy de Behaingne, Le Jugement dou Roy de Navarre, and Lay de Plour) [2016] The first volume is now out in print and also available online via the METS website




Volume 2 THE BOETHIAN POEMS (Remede de Fortune and Confort d’Amy) [2018]


Volume 3 LOVE VISIONS (Prologue, Dit dou Vergier, and Le Livre de la Fonteinne Amoureuse)


Volume 4 THE “TRUE” TALE (Le Livre dou Voir Dit)


Volume 5 ROMANCE AND ALLEGORY (Le Dit de l’Alerion, Le Dit dou Lyon, and Four Minor Dits)

Volume 6 The Taking of Alexandria (Le Livre de la Prise d’Alixandre)

Volume 7 THE LYRICS, I


Cover of Volume 9 MotetsVolume 9 THE MOTETS [2018]




Volume 10 THE LAYS [2019]





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The Complete Poetry and Music of Guillaume de Machaut Volume 1 is out now!!!!

Volume 1: The Debate Poems is now available in print.

You can also enjoy the entire volume online via the Middle English Texts Website.

Edited and translated by R. Barton Palmer, with art historical commentary by Domenic Leo, and musical commentary by Uri Smilansky, the volume contains  Le Jugement dou Roy de Behaigne, Le Jugement dou Roy de Navarre, and Le Lay de Plour.




The Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript

Full colour facsimile with introductory study by Lawrence Earp, Domenic Leo and Carla Shapreau. Preface by Christopher de Hamel

"It is a vast manuscript of royal luxury, 390 leaves of parchment, 314 mm. by 220 mm., illustrated with 118 enchanting miniatures by a workshop of court illuminators led by the Master of the Bible of Jean de Sy.They include pictures of gothic chivalry and romance, with mythology and natural history. Music is included on 235 pages of the manuscript, with almost the entire corpus of the ballades, lais and motets of Machaut, as well as his great polyphonic setting of the Mass, the four-part Messe de Nostre-Dame.The manuscript has never before been photographed in its entirety or reproduced in colour."

"Vol. 1 introductory study (225 pages colour/mono), vol. 2 facsimile (789 full colour pages) on 150gsm matt art paper. Full size reproduction, hard bound in buckram, presented in hard slipcover."

Available now from DIAMM Publications.

The Art of Grafted Song: Citation and Allusion in the Age of Machaut by Yolanda Plumley

Available now from Oxford University Press

"Presents the first detailed exploration of citational practices in the song-writing tradition of fourteenth-century France. The first monograph-length study on the Ars nova chanson with new evidence about the emergence of the new polyphonic chanson. Provides new evidence about the circle of poets and composers who engaged with Machaut and created a new style of poetry and song. Explores little studied collections of lyrics and songs of the period and provides fresh insights and perspectives on Machaut's works."