It was given in honor of N. Loring Danforth by the Danforth family. Here, The News critics give us their top picks. Simply irresistible Here are some suggestions for classical CDs that will have an irresistible appeal to the various appetites of the music aficionados on your gift list. Desprez c.
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It was given in honor of N. Loring Danforth by the Danforth family. Here, The News critics give us their top picks. Simply irresistible Here are some suggestions for classical CDs that will have an irresistible appeal to the various appetites of the music aficionados on your gift list.
Desprez c. According to Nicolas Slonimsky, he achieved a complete union between word and tone, creating expressive and beautiful art forms displaying the beauty of both Netherlandish counterpoint and Italian homophony. With an impeccable sense of tonal balance, the ASQ displayed all these characteristics supremely well, even without the crutch of words to lean against.
The faster moving "De profundis clamavi" followed, with its great clarity and easily followed polyphonic lines turning in on themselves. It all seemed the kind of beauty that made one wonder, for the moment at least, why anyone felt the need to go beyond that.
But there were four more Josquin works to go, including some cat-and-mouse counterpoint in "Salve Regina" and an intriguing alto-baritone duo in the middle of the solidly constructed "O bone et dulcissime Jesu. This and more Desprez will be recorded by the ASQ for release next year. In other works, there was "The Harfleur Song" by Paul Harvey, richly sonorous with a lot of challenges and responses like a spirited conversation, and seven brief, delightful John Dowland songs.
The exquisite little "Suite Francaise" by Poulenc had many treasures like the prayerful "Pavane" in autumn browns and golds. We have little knowledge of his early life, but it is known that in he was a singer at the Cathedral in Milan. In , Josquin left the service of the duke and entered the service of the Sforza family, the governing family of Milan.
As evidence of their rulership, they employed many artists, including singers, instrumentalists, sculptors, and painters. Just as Beethoven summarized the accomplishments of the Viennese school, Josquin summarized the accomplishments of the preceding generations of Dufay and Ockeghem.
He is on the border between the Middle Ages and the modern world. His works include 18 masses, motets, 70 chansons, and other secular works. Article Nov 30 Sound thinking Never accuse the Amherst Saxophone Quartet of not knowing when to take a winner and run with it. In October , its program called Renaissance Sax featured seven transcriptions of works by the Flemish composer josquin Desprez. The concert was so rapturously received, by public and press alike, it is repeating it, almost verbatim.
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A late and possibly untrustworthy printed source calls the great Josquin Desprez its composer, and music historians for years have lauded it and sought possible occasions for its writing, such as the memorial service for Philip the Fair, son of the Emperor Maximilian, in Whichever man may be credited with Absalon, the powerful character of the music remains. The motet is scored for four voices, but in an extremely low register: the final chord contains a B flat below the contemporary bass clef! The mensuration time signature in the earliest reliable source is also slow and somewhat unusual.
Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 No 6: Josquin Desprez – Absalon fili mi
A history of classical music in 50 short pieces
Absalon, Fili Mi, motet for 4 parts (poss. spurious)