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Documentary concert – Missa Malheur me bat

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

The mass has been passed down, in full or in part, in 27 sources: ten prints and seventeen manuscripts. The most important of these are the Missarum Josquin liber secundus (Ottaviano Petrucci, Venice, 1505); B-Br Ms. 9126, fol. 82v-95r (Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels) and A Wn Ms. 11883, fol. 2r-11r (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna). The numbering in New Josquin Edition is 9.1.

The mass is based on the French polyphonic chanson Malheur me bat (Malcourt? Johannes Ockeghem? Johannes Martini?). 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.


Huelgas Ensemble, with the cooperation of David Burn & Paul Van Nevel

Paul Van Nevel, artistic direction | Maud Gnidzaz, cantus | Dorothea Jakob, cantus | Sabine Lutzenberger, cantus | Helen Cassano, cantus | Paul Bentley-Angell, tenor | Vojtěch Semerád, tenor | Olivier Coiffet, tenor | Adriaan De Koster, tenor | Matthew Vine, tenor | Tom Phillips, tenor | Tim Scott Whiteley, bassus | Guillaume Olry, bassus

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