Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The poems I chose (written in occitan, langue d’oc) to set to music reflect themes such as love, how to manage expectations of marriage and motherhood, relationship roles, and also political posturing. The way I wrote these songs is based on the way troubadours and trobairitz set their poems to popular melodies, meaning that any poems can be sung with a number of melodies and any melody can be attributed to a given song.
I have not written art-songs, although they share some elements with art-song, through-composed accompaniment and some throughcomposing of the melody, for example. The melodies I have written, though inspired by the character of the text, could be used to set any number of poems. Some could be adapted to dance rhythms. Some are adapted from instrumental pieces." -- Seán Dagher