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The landscape of the polyphonists

The world of the Franco-Flemish School 1400-1600

In the summer of 2018 Paul Van Nevel’s book Het landschap van de Polyfonisten – De wereld van de Franco-Flamands was released. In his book Van Nevel traces the hypothesis that the melancholic and imitative style of Franco-Flemish composers was shaped by the character of the landscapes, which they would have experienced in their childhood (stillness, a safe environment, melancholia). Together with the photographer Luk Van Eeckhout, Paul Van Nevel spent over twenty years journeying through the Franco-Flemish scenery to produce a fascinating and substantial work with no fewer than 168 magnificent photos.

In this concert the audience is presented with this hypothesis head-on: for each of the thirteen works performed the landscapes of each composer’s childhood will be projected for all to see. Listeners will be swept away to another Franco-Flemish world by a total of twenty-five photographs of landscape and pictures of Franco-Flemish cathedrals, whilst the Huelgas Ensemble performs works by Antoine Busnois, Nicolas Gombert, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin Desprez and Pierre de Manchicourt, to name but a few. Audience members will experience the interplay between landscape and music in the most arrestingly intimate way.

Programme

Johannes Symonis Hasprois (Haspres ca. 1360-Rome 1428)
Ma douce amour, virelai à 3

Antoine Busnois (Busnes ca. 1430-Brugge 1492)
Bel Acueil rondeau, à 1, 2 & 3

Johannes Ockeghem (St.-Ghislain ca. 1420-Tours 1497)
uit: Missa Caput à 4
Sanctus

Josquin des Prez (St. Sauveur (?) ca. 1455-Condé-sur-l’Escaut 1521)
Cueur langoreulx, chanson à 5
uit: Missa Malheur me bat à 4, 2 & 6
Agnus Dei

Antoine de Févin (Atrecht ca. 1470-Blois ca. 1511)
Lamentaties voor Witte Donderdag, Lectio primo à 4

Jean Mouton (Samer ca. 1459-St.-Quentin 1522)
Qui ne regrettoit le gentil Févin, lamento à 4

Nicolle des Celliers de Hesdin (Hesdin ca. 1490-Beauvais 1538)
Parasti in dulcedine tua, motet à 5

Jean l’Héritier (bisdom Teerenburg ca. 1480-Avignon ca.1552)
Locutus est Dominus, motet à 9

Josquin Baston (Artois ca. 1495-ca.1550)
Ung souvenir me conforte, chanson à 5

Pierre de Manchicourt (Béthune ca. 1510-Madrid 1564)
uit: Missa Veni Sancte Spiritus à 6
Agnus Dei

Nicolas Gombert (La Gorgue ca. 1495-Tournai ca. 1560)
O malheureuse journee, chanson à 5
uit: Missa Tempore Paschali à 6 & 12
Agnus Dei

Performers

Cantus Maria Valdmaa, Dorothea Jakob, Helen Cassano, Sabine Lutzenberger, cantus | Paul Bentley-Angell, Adriaan De Koster, Olivier Coiffet, Tom Phillips, Matthew Vine, tenor | Frederik Sjollema, baritonans | Guillaume Olry, Joel Frederiksen, bassus | Paul Van Nevel, artistic director

 

Practical

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 8.00 p.m.
The concert will take place without an audience. You are warmly invited to watch the concert via live stream. The live stream can be watched until 3rd April 2021, 10 p.m.