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DU BELLAY – Heureux qui, comme Ulysse

Denis Raisin Dadre and his ensemble Doulce Mémoire celebrate the Angevin poet with works by the leading composers of the period, among them Arcadelt (who set nine chansons to his texts, including Je ne puis dissimuler a year before Du Bellay’s death), Lassus, Chardavoine and Verdonck. It was also established practice at the time to declaim poems accompanied by a musician who improvised on the lyre, an instrument and usage imported from Italy (recitare a la lira). Denis Raisin Dadre has decided to pay tribute to these sixteenth-century ‘slammers’ by asking a modern equivalent, Kwal, to ‘slam’ some of Du Bellay’s sonnets, including the famous Heureux qui, comme Ulysse.

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DU BELLAY – Heureux qui, comme Ulysse — Doulce Mémoire