Beatriz de Dia - 'Ab joi' and 'A chantar'
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Comtessa de Dia (Countess of Die), probably named Beatritz or Beatriz (fl. c. 1175), was a trobairitz (female troubadour).
She is only known as the comtessa de Dia in contemporary documents, but was almost certainly named Beatriz and likely the daughter of Count Isoard II of Diá (a town northeast of Montelimar in southern France). According to her vida, she was married to William of Poitiers, but was in love with and sang about Raimbaut of Orange (1146-1173)
Beatrice's poems were often set to the music of a flute. Five of her works survive, including 4 cansos and 1 tenson.
Her song A chantar m'er de so qu'eu no volria in the Occitan language is the only canso by a trobairitz to survive with its music intact. The music to A chantar is found only in Le manuscript di roi, a collection of songs copied around 1270 for Charles of Anjou, the brother of Louis IX.
Her extant poems are:
- Ab joi et ab joven m'apais
- A chantar m'er de so qu'ieu non volria
- Estât ai en greu cossirier
- Fin ioi me don'alegranssa
Typical subject matter used by Comtessa de Dia in her lyrics includes optimism, praise of herself and her love, as well as betrayal.
To sing I must of that I would rather not
so bitter I am towards him who is my love
for I love him more than anyone;
my kindness and courtesy make no impression on him
nor my beauty, my virtue or intelligence;
so I am deceived and betrayed,
as I should be if I were unattractive
One thing consoles me:
that I have never wronged you, my love,
by my behavior towards you...
for I am glad that my love is greater than yours.
my love, since you are the more worthy;
you are haughty towards me in your words and your demeanor
yet you are friendly to everyone else"... etc
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