Grimace (composer)

Grimace (also Grymace or Grimache) was a French composer active in the mid-to-late 14th century.

Grimace was active in the period of music history known as the ars nova and was probably a contemporary of Guillaume de Machaut, since his compositions lack the complicated rhythms of the Ars subtilior . Grimace's birth and death dates are not known; little is known about him outside of attributions in medieval music manuscripts. Five works are attributed to him securely; two doubtful attributions have been proposed based on stylistic similarities. His virelai, A l'arme, A l'arme, is his most often performed work in modern times.

The works attributed to Grimace are:
  • Dedens mon cuer (ballade)
  • Des que buisson (ballade)
  • Se Zephirus/Se Jupiter (ballade)
  • Je voy ennui (rondeau)
  • A l’arme/A l’arme/Tru tru (virelai)

    Doubtful works:
  • C’estoit ma douce (virelai)
  • Rescoés: Horrible feu d’ardent desir/Rescoés: Le feu de mon loyal servant (virelai)