With his years of experience, Paul van Nevel knows all the secrets of counterpoint. He and his Huelgas Ensemble immerse you in the great diversity and richness of counterpoint from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, focusing on the magnificent music of the 15th and 16th centuries. In three concerts, you will hear how composers worked with their musical material. Polyphonic music was usually based on an existing melody. You will hear music ranging from incipient polyphony (in parallel intervals) to highly ornamented counterpoint, from three-part works to Carissimi’s twelve-part Missa L’homme armé.
O FLORENS ROSA
Various Gregorian melodies lie at the heart of masses and motets including Ghiselin’s O florens rosa and Carissimi’s baroque mass Missa L’homme armé.
Witte Maria Weber, Michaela Riener, Hannah Ely, Helen Cassano, cantus | Olivier Coiffet, Paul Bentley-Angell, Adriaan De Koster, Loïc Paulin, Tom Phillips, Matthew Vine, tenor | Guillaume Olry Marc Busnel, bassus | Paul van Nevel, artistic leader