February, Kōmos, Le Chant des oiseaux, Les Très Riches Heures, Saturnalia, The Seasons, The Zodiac, Victor Julien-Laferrière
February / Février
I will add a note to my last post. Traditional music and Louis-Claude Daquin‘s Noëls took me to liturgical music. Catholics sing hymns. Protestants may sing anthems. However, the seasons, lightness and darkness, were celebrated in antiquity and are celebrated in most Churches. So-called “Paganism” entered Christianity almost unnoticeably.
For instance, the brothers Limbourg included Zodiacal signs in the illuminations of Jean de France, Duc de Berry’s Les Très Riches Heures de Jean de France, Duc de Berry. It forms a semicircle. (See Zodiac, Wikipedia.)
I have noted in earlier posts that the Roman Saturnalia consisted in festivities held on the day or season of the longest night. The world was upside-down, so the slave was master. Similar festivities, the kōmos, took place in ancient Greece, a very long time ago. The kōmos was disorderly. It was a “drunken procession.” (See Kōmos, Wikipedia.)
Comedy has its roots in the Greek kōmos (eirôn vs alazṓn). The young overcome the old in a struggle called the agôn, hence protagonist. But, there are tournaments (tournois), sports, and other “struggles” or competitions.
Therefore, Louis-Claude Daquin wrote Noëls, Christmas Carols. These were the songs of the season and cross-cultural because the day of the longest night has given rise to festivities in other cultures. Les Grands Hurleurs‘ Coucou introduces Spring, as does Daquin’s Cuckoo, a magnificent piece. Spring is about to come.
- Louis-Claude Daquin’s “Coucou” (2nd February 2021)
- Les Grands Hurleurs’ “Coucou” (1st February 2021)
- Twelfth Night and Carnival Season (8 January 2014)
- Feasts and Liturgy, page
Love to everyone 💕
© Micheline Walker
4 February 2021