Margreþa La Fauvelle
-Pupil: Do joculatores have any hope of salvation? -Master: None.
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I spent my first years in the Society for Creative Anachronism as a resident of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, when I joined in AS 39. I served as Minister of Arts and Sciences for my Barony, Guest Editor for the A&S issue of the Althing, the Baronial newsletter, and head of the Debatable Consort. I was also a participant in the Debatable Choir, singing mostly alto but also covering tenor parts when needed, and had been chosen as Baronial Bard one week before I found out that I had to relocate to the Barony of Ayreton, Middle Kingdom, where I lived for a few years. There, I was involved with the Court and Country choral group, and was also involved with providing music for dancing, fanfares and Royal and Baronial courts.
Margreþa is a late 13th c.- early 14th c. Swedish court musician who lived in France for a number of years. There she was exposed to all sorts of fashionable musical styles. Sometimes she'll go on a time travel spree, mostly because of Thielman Susato and rauschpfeifen. As such, my preferred style and titles are in the Swedish language: Friherrinna (Baroness) Margreþa la Fauvelle, Mästarinna av laurelen (Mistress of the Laurel) but I will answer to pretty much anything, especially given that the French would insist speaking to me in French. During my tenure as The Sovereign's Bardic Champion, I have often referred to myself as Margreþa konungskald.
Now residing in the Barony of Settmour Swamp in the Southern Region of the East Kingdom and hoping never to move to another Kingdom again, I have played for dancers, Coronation ceremonies, fundraiser tourneys (ask me about Laurels VS. Pelicans sometime!), courts, fanfares and vigils, but most importantly just for the fun of playing with other people. I have been a warranted Webmistress, and like to fence when self-inflicted injuries do not prohibit it. I am the deputy band director for the Bhakaili Branslers, and am always eager to collaborate on period/historically informed performance projects. As of May A.S. LIV, I am serving as Deputy Minister for Consultation for the Office of Arts and Sciences.
Formerly apprenticed to Maistresse Sabine de Kerbriant.
In Case Of Court
In case of induction to a polling order, please let the polling order know at the time of decision. I enjoy surprises, but am not insisting to be surprised. I am ride dependent and schedule event attendance well in advance. People to be notified beforehand involve my apprentice and my former Peer, as named elsewhere in this document.
Any recognition received in an Ethereal Court during the epoch of physical distancing is not by any means lessened for the manner which is received, and as such I am opting in to receive it should it please the Crown.
Awards and Recognitions
- Comet Azure-Argent (BMDL A&S award, Byron and Ariella)
- Harlequin (Bhakail A&S award, Rowen)
- Order of the Troubadour (Edward III and Thyra II)
- Award of Arms (Æthelmearc, Christopher I and Morgen I)
- Order of the Sycamore (Æthelmearc AoA level/Order of Merit A&S award, Christopher II and Morgen II)
- Order of the Willow (Midrealm AoA/Order of Merit level Arts award, EikBrandr II and Runa II)
- Order of the Silver Wheel (Kenric III and Avelina III)
- Order of the Maunche (Omega V and Etheldreda IV)
- Order of the Laurel (Ivan and Matilde)
- King's Award of Esteem (Wilhelm)
- Court Barony (Wilhelm and Vienna)
- King's Bardic Champion (Wilhelm, Ozurr)
My A&S edition of the Althing received a Sylvan Quill (Æthelmearc newsletter award) Honorary Mention, thus becoming eligible for a William Blackfox Award nomination, and the Debatable Consort received a Comet Azure-Argent while under my leadership.
Projects and Original Works
(not a complete list)
- Musical interludes, Coronation of Edward III and Thyra II
- Text in Latin for Veneralia ceremony hymn put to a Roman melody, music lead, Coronation of Ioannes and Honig
- Choir preparation for the men's choral piece, Coronation of Ivan and Matilde
- Text in Koine Greek for Coronation Kontakion (based on the Christmas Kontakion by Romanos the Melodian), Coronation of Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III and choir preparation of same
- Music coordinator for the A Day of the Decameron immersion event
- Several translations in Koine Greek for court documents, including Peerages, in AEthelmearc, Caid and Drachenwald.
Interests, Classes and other Trivia
I have taught classes on recorder playing, symphoniae, music ornamentation, byzantine alphabets, percussion instruments in Western music and early polyphony, and have offered private instruction on singing and instrument playing, as well as pronunciation of various languages, and enjoy being part of instrument petting zoos.
Gentles interested to be taught by me are encouraged to approach me electronically or otherwise, but they should be prepared to travel to me as I am not able to travel very far by myself.
Able to read documents in court in the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Old Norse/Swedish, Latin, Greek.
Able to translate (or check for errors) court document texts in Koine or modern Greek.
Able to play a variety of instruments: recorders, gemshorn, rauschpfeife, citole, vielle, rebec, symphonia, pipe and tabor/psalterium/bells/stomping foot. The line is drawn at brass.
Able to sing in various languages and styles from Byzantine chant to madrigals.