In Cambrai, France, the Médiathèque Municipale holds four marvellous songbooks that have been preserved in an almost perfect state, and with some persuasion you can even cast a glance on them. The first page doesn’t leave any doubt about the origin and the first owner of this treasure: ‘This book belongs to Zeghere van Male, bookseller living in Bruges 1542’. Amazing is not only the undamaged appearance of the volumes, but also the high quality of the music and the unique drawings. How the books eventually travelled from Bruges to Cambrai remains a mystery, as well as the precise motivation of the Bruges merchant to acquire such a musical treasure trove. By contrast, there is no secret about the splendid works of this songbook and the quality of the performers that AMUZ has selected: Ensemble Clément Janequin – regular and most welcome guests at Laus Polyphoniae – with figurehead and crowd puller Dominique Visse!
Dominique Visse, artistic direction