Raimbaud de Vacqueiras

(1155 - 1207)

Troubadour. Raimbaud spent most of his life in Italy at the court of Boniface II of Montferrat, whom he accompanied on the Crusade of 1202, and was the author of the first known Italian poetry. He was also fluent in other languages--one of his poems has a verse in each of Provençal, Italian, French, Gascon And Galician-Portuguese. His Kalenda maya,now perhaps one of the best-known pieces in the whole troubadour repertory, owes its dance-like character to its origins as an estampieplayed, according to fourteenth century descriptions, by two minstrels. Thirty-two of his poems and eight melodies survive.

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