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.
CONTRAPUNCTI SUPER UT RE MI FA SOL LA
An abstract, purely musical motif provided the starting point for composers such as Stefano Felis, Michael Praetorius, Antoine Brumel, Antoine de Févin, Orlandus Lassus and others.
Axelle Bernage, Michaela Riener, Sabine Lutzenberger, 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