User:Thomas Daughton

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Contributor since: 2021-01-19

Works with editions by this editor: 2 (see list)

Translations by this editor:

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Bachelor of Arts with high honors from Amherst College (1983). Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law (1987).


I am a retired diplomat who began singing in amateur choral groups as a teen and continued after joining the diplomatic service in the 1980s. While working in Gabon I was unable to find an existing group to sing with, so I established my own. In the decades since, I have led groups in Africa, Asia, and the United States focused on performing 16th century chansons and madrigals. I first discovered CPDL while assembling repertoire in Gabon and have relied heavily on it over the years. I have generally produced my own English translations of the works we performed in French to give our audiences a better understanding of the music we were singing. Translations from French -- particularly of chansons parisiennes -- are more readily available on CPDL now than in the past, but I am contributing my own translations in the hope of easing access to a rich genre of Renaissance music that has given great pleasure to me and my fellow singers around the world for three decades.