Robert de Reins La Chievre

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Robert de Reins (Rains, Reims) La Chievre was a trouvère from the Île de France, probably active in the thirteenth century. He is among those few trouvères, like Richart de Fournival, who are associated with the early development of the motet.

He may have belonged to the La Chievre family documented in Rheims in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The Roman de Renart attributed a poem about Tristan to a certain Chievre de Reins, who may be Robert. This attribution led Wilhelm Mann to conclude that he was active before 1300, though other scholars have argued on linguistic grounds that he must have been writing later.

Nine songs are attributed to Robert. Three of these—Main s'est levée Aelis, Quant feuillisent li buisson, and Quant voi le dous tens venir—are definitely motets and another, L'autrier de jouste un rivage, is like a motet minus a tenor.

List of works[edit]

  • Bergier (Tous) de vile champestre
  • Bien s'est amours honie
  • Jamais pour tant con l'ame el cors me bate
  • Plaindre m'estuet de la bele en chantant
  • Qui bien veut amours descrivre
Motets
  • L'autrier de jouste un rivage
  • Main s'est levée Aelis
  • Quant feuillisent li buisson
  • Quant voi le dous tens venir / En moi, quant rose est florie

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