Roger Pensom


RILM abstract: Linguistic and metrical accents present many challenges to performers of Old French and Provencal verse. A hypothesis is presented that resolves these problems: If the verse-metrical structure varies from stanza to stanza in the context of a melody that is repeated from stanza to stanza, then the rhythmic structure of the melody changes, paralleling the meter of the verse. Bernart de Ventadorn's Can vei la lauzeta mover is used as an example."