Sonia Boyce video installation fusing a 16th Century musical masterpiece by Josquin Desprez
with the contemporary voice of Greek composer Mikhail Karikis.
Rene Clemencic is the gentle, confiding player, guiding us through works by the 16th-century Spaniard Antonio de Cabezon (how appropriately the clavichord can be made to sound like a guitar!) and the Flemish composer Josquin Desprez
of a century earlier.
The Renaissance (early 15th to early 17th centuries) half of the program will sweep through madrigals, motets, chanconnes, part-songs, one movement of a mass and dance music, mainly from France, Germany, Italy and England by such masters as Guillaume Dufay, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin Desprez
, Claudin de Sermisy, Clement Janequin, Orlando di Lasso, Orazio Vecchi, Luca Marenzio, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Hanns Leo Hassler, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Morley and John Dowland.
In a series of remarkable papers, coolly and masterfully delivered at recent meetings of the American Musicological Society, the Merkleys have systematically rewritten the biography of Josquin Desprez
, preeminent European composer of the early-modern period: for scholars in other disciplines whose eye might fall on this page, the Merkleys' accomplishment in this respect is roughly equivalent to overturning current understanding of the biography of Martin Luther, for example, or of Michelangelo.
David Fallows lakes on the task in the first major mono-graph on Josquin since Helmuth Osthoff's two-volume study (Josquin Desprez
[Tutzing: Hans Schneider, 1965-67]), and the first ever in English.
Interspersed among the various sections of the Mass settings, examples of works by Josquin Desprez
provided further evidence, if any were needed, of the supremacy of the choir in music of this period.
' richly emotional setting of Plaxit autem David follows, and is again performed with both authority and sensitivity.
. Inviolata, integra et casta es Maria.
It is sign of the increasingly healthy state of the Josquin discography that we can celebrate the arrival on our shop stands of two new recordings of the same Mass: Josquin Desprez
: Missa de Beata Virgine/Motets a la Vierge, by A Sci Voci.
It is generally believed, though it has not been conclusively established, that he was born in Chatellerault; his exact birth date is a matter of speculation (probably during the 1480s), and while his compositional style owes a clear debt to Josquin Desprez
, there is little reason to believe he ever studied with the Flemish master.
Other northern composers represented in Petrucci's motet publications and active in Italy include Josquin Desprez