viernes, 3 de agosto de 2012

The Choir Project al día [14-VII-2012]

Josquin Desprez (c.1450-1521): Missa D'ung aultre amer a 4.
- David Skinner.
Master of masters.

   The mass -published in 1505- is based on a chanson by Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin's teacher. Its attribution to Josquin has been quest
ioned but seems as reliable as we can expect; the New Josquin Edition regards it as Josquin's work, at any rate. It is notable for a couple of things: its brevity –the longest movement takes no more than five minutes, and the whole mass can be performed in fifteen– and the substitution of the motet Tu solus qui facis mirabilia for the Benedictus.

    This piece is a paragon of the expressive power of Josquin in just four parts.
   Alamire, with their usual fantastic British sound, delivers a energic performance, but they leave the music breathe, and great clarity of lines.
This work is part of an excellent album dedicated to the Franco-Flemish genius.

   Edition notes -by CPDL-: This is taken from the Petrucci edition of 1505, Liber Missarum Josquin. It is not transposed; the meter of the original score is interpreted so that measure numbers match up with the New Josquin Edition. Suggested musica ficta alterations have been added following Renaissance practices described in Anthony Newcomb's article "Unnotated Accidentals in the Music of the Post-Josquin Generation," Toft's Aural Images of Lost Traditions, and others.


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