1410 - The Book of the Queen - building of the Cité des Dames - by Master of the Cité des Dames.

La Cité des Dames at Royaumont, France

Posted on July 26, 2019

Justina’s new composition La Cité des Dames for 6 Sopranos will be performed at Royaumont on the 7th of September by selected singers of the Voix Nouvelles Academy supervised by Donatienne Michel-Dansac.

The composition La Cité des Dames (The City of Ladies) uses the selected text from Christine’s de Pizan (1364-1430) book of the same name finished by the year 1405 in a vernacular middle French.

“Pizan’s allegorical city of ladies, created as a response to Jean de Meun’s Roman de la Rose, is defending the virtue of female with examples of famous virtuous women to be “housed” at La Cité and serving as role models for other women to follow. In the book the protagonist Christine, upset after reading the misogynist Matheolu’s Lamentations is visited by three female Virtues who present themselves and their roles in helping building the foundations and houses of the city. In the first part of my composition the chosen text is an instruction on how to build the city, given by Virtues to Christine. The second part is her answer to their demand. At the end the Virtues encourage Christine.”

Justina Repečkaitė