Josquin/Narváez • Hosanna

In this third video of the vihuela music series is another example of the numerous intabulations and glosas on works by the famous Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521).

This is the “Hosanna” section from the Sanctus of Josquin’s Missa Faysant Regretz, for which are provided two glosas by Luys de Narváez (fl.1526-1549) present in the Quinto libro d’El Delphin de musica, printed in Valladolin in 1538. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #048

chantf. 23v

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 23 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. The folio has the end of tertiam. One can find the “rubric: procession BM, towards claustrum with Verbum caro (with verse and repetition), navi R Descendit, on (re)arrival of choir ant Hodie and other instructions on appropriate hierarchy of commemorations (Marian vs Stephen, John, innocent), and finally again R Verbum, this time without verse. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #047

chantf. 23r

In this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 23 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. Third, fourth and fifth antiphon of Lauds of Christmas. Antiphon Parvulus amended. Pencil scratching in right margin. New verse of the R Benedictus (some sources have this verse with the R Benedictus, most have V Lapidem quem reprobaverunt, cf. Antiphonaire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés 1101-1125). (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #046

chantIn this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 22 verso of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. We are at the last stages of Matins with responsories Verbum (versus Gloria) and Descendit (with stage direction ‘In navi ecclesiae’). “C major” in versus Tamque sponsus. We arrive at the start of Christmas Lauds with altered Quem vidistis antiphon (see Klosterneuburg 1000s, or Paris breviary 1200s) and at the end of Christmas Matins: Liber Generationis, and Te Deum (see Paris rubric). (mais…)

Diogo Dias Melgaz • Memento homo

Listening2Memento homo is, in my opinion, probably one of Diogo Dias Melgaz’s most impressive works. This “miniature” motet for four voices (SATB) survives in two 18th-century choir books housed at the Patriarchal archives in Lisbon and at Évora Cathedral. It is quite impressive how Melgaz emphasises the text’s message Memento homo, quia pulvis in pulverem reverteris (Remember, man, that dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return) using dotted rhythms and short musical figures. (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #45

chantIn this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 22 recto of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. We are still in Christmas matins, towards the end, with the responsories “Confirmatum est”, with verse; “Te laudant angeli”, with verse. A beautiful V capital of famous responsory “Verbum caro”. Rearrangement of the “Verbum caro” (shortening the verse, which on the following page is an extended doxology) (Cf. this “Verbum” with the “Verbum” in Tongeren B-To olv 063). (mais…)

B-Gu Ms 15 #044

chantIn this video Hendrik Vanden Abeele talks about folio 21 verso of the 1481 Ghent antiphonary. Continuation of Christmas matins, second nocturn. Responsories of Christmas call for some virtuosity, e.g. 5th/6th system. New verse of the responsory “Ecce agnus”? Or simply a correction? Q-capital of verse seems original… (compare with e.g. fourteenth-century antiphoner from Abbey of Sankt Lambrecht (Steiermark, Austria), with verse “Hoc est testimonium”). (mais…)