Renaissance music lovers will enjoy four polyphonic works and a dance: two Canzone in majestic Venetian polychoral style by the Italian composer Giovanni Gabrielli, a Ricercare by Andrea Gabrielli, an arrangement by Alkis Baltas of the highly expressive French chanson Mille Regretz by the Franco-flemish
composer Josquin des Prez, as well as the jubilant dance La Mourisque by the Flemish composer Tielman Susato.
Scholars of the sixteenth-century chanson have long recognized a division of the repertory into the Franco-Flemish
and the Parisian types, with the former generally understood to encompass works by the major Franco-Flemish
composers of the time--Josquin des Prez most prominent among them--in a learned style virtually indistinguishable from the contemporary motet, and the latter understood to encompass a repertory of lighter works primarily by composers active around Paris--here the most prominent is perhaps Sermisy--and published first and foremost by Attaingnant.
To my knowledge it hasn't been performed since the 16th century," said Peter Urquhart, founder and director of Capella Alamire, about Franco-Flemish
composer Noel Bauldeweyn's "Missa Du bon du cueur," one of the works in tonight's program titled "The Legacy of Jean Mouton.
In the Europe of the 14th to the 16th centuries, Franco-Flemish
singers and composers were similar to what Champions League soccer players are in our day: in demand by the rich and the wealthy.
The program will draw from the Odhecaton, an anthology of secular songs published in Venice in 1501 by Ottaviano Petrucci, with polyphonic music by Franco-Flemish
composers such as Josquin Des Prez, Hayne Van Ghizighem and Jacob Obrecht.
On the other hand, the Utraquists, who distanced themselves from Catholicism, sang polyphonic songs by Catholic - for instance, Franco-Flemish
In the course of the chapter Wilson discusses the importance of the Venetian poet Leonardo Giustinian as well as Florence's interaction with other musical cultures, from Franco-Flemish
to Neapolitan and northern Italian.
Art historians and other medievalists explore such topics as the representation and meaning of luxurious textiles in Franco-Flemish
manuscript illuminations, the use of textiles in manuscripts, and the interpretation of Chrysom effigies on late medieval tomb monuments.
Kreitner affirms that, although at the time Spain remained part of the musical periphery, compared to Franco-Flemish
territories and Italy, it will be worth listening to these works.
He will be playing 16th-century solo lute arrangements of vocal music by some of the greatest Franco-Flemish
In general, the format of the exhibition and catalogue is arranged chronologically starting with an early fifteenth-century Franco-Flemish
portrait and continuing into the mid-sixteenth century Mannerism of Bronzino.
Since then his work has covered many of the late 20th Century musical developments, but in the 1970s he was much influenced by French and Franco-Flemish
choral works which now define his current, contemplative and mystical style of composition.