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Documentary concert – Missa Hercules dux Ferrarie

Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450/55-1521)

The mass has been passed down, in full or in part, in 35 sources: sixteen prints and nineteen manuscripts. The most important sources are the Missarum Josquin liber secundus (Ottaviano Petrucci, Venice, 1505); D-Ju Ms. 3, fol. 15v-28r (Universitätsbibliothek, Jena), I-Mfd Ms. 2267 (Librone 3), fol. 141v-147r (Archivio della Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Sezione Musicale, Milan) and B-Br Ms. 9126, fol. 72v-82r as Missa Philippus rex Castille (Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels). The numbering in New Josquin Edition is 11.1.

The musical theme of the Missa Hercules dux Ferrarie is a ‘soggetto cavato’; the notes are derived from the name of Ercole I d’Este, Duke of Ferrara (Hercules dux Ferrarie: re-ut-re-ut-re-fa-mi-re). The mass is in four parts; the Agnus Dei III is in six parts.

This is a production of Alamire Foundation in collaboration with AMUZ.


Vox Luminis, with the cooperation of Patrick Macey & Lionel Meunier

Lionel Meunier, artistic direction | Victoria Cassano, superius | Alexander Chance, superius | João Moreira, altus | Vojtěch Semerád, altus | Adriaan De Koster, tenor | Jacob Lawrence, tenor | Lionel Meunier, bassus | Pieter Stas, bassus

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