“P. des Molins"

Elizabeth Eva Leach

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A fourteenth-century composer associated with two of the most widely circulated French-texted formes fixes songs: one balade, and one rondeau. P. de Molins' exact identity has been disputed and his first name is not given in the musical sources. Günther discusses a number of other possibilities, but the most likely candidate is the 'Perotus de Molyno' who was in the retinue of King Jean II of France, during his captivity in England, first in London, then in Hertford, following the French defeat at Poitiers in 1356. In 1359 Edward III reacted to a breakdown in negotiations with the Dauphin Charles by requiring the slimming down of the French court in exile. Perotus de Molyno was one of the court members sent home; he is named in a document of Safe Conduct dating from 21 July 1359, which cites his name in close proximity to that of Grace de la Buigna, who was maistre chapellain of the French royal chapel (from 1348-1384), and a friend of the composer-bishops Philippe de Vitry and Denic le Grant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-221
JournalDie Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Personenteil
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • formes fixes songs
  • fourteenth-century
  • French

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