User:Thomas Daughton

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General Information

Contributor since: 2021-01-19


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Contact Information

email: tfdaughton At sign.png gmail.com

Education

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

Background

I am a retired American diplomat originally from Arizona who began singing in amateur choral groups as a teenager and continued after joining the diplomatic service in 1989. While assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon, in 2000 I was unable to find an existing group to sing with, so I decided to create my own. It turned out to be the first in a series of groups in Gabon, Malaysia, Algeria, Lebanon and the United States that have focused on performing 16th-Century chansons and madrigals. I first discovered CPDL while assembling repertoire in Libreville 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. Happily, translations from French -- particularly of chansons parisiennes, especially those based on the works of Clément Marot -- are more readily available on CPDL now than previously, but I am contributing my own translations now in hope of making more accessible a rich genre of Renaissance music that has given great pleasure to me and my fellow singers around the world for the last two decades.