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Johannes Ockeghem

Johannes Ockeghem

Although often thought to be Flemish, Ockeghem was born in Saint-Ghislain, in the provence of Hainaut (now part of modern Belgium), part of the Duchy of Burgundy. Like many composers in this period, he started his musical career as chorister: in his case, in the Notre Dame in Antwerp. Around 1452 he moved to Paris where he served as maestro di cappella to the French court, as well as becoming treasurer of the St. Martin cathedral in Tours.

Very few of his works have survived: some 14 masses, 10 motets, some 25 chansons, and a single requiem. This Missa pro Defunctis is the earliest surviving example of a polyphonic requiem mass.

A strong influence on Josquin Des Prez, Ockeghem was famous throughout Europe for his expressive music and his technical mastery. His technical prowess is demonstrated most clearly in the astonishing Missa Prolationem, composed entirely in canonical style, and his no less astonishing 36(!) part canon Deo Gratias. - but even these technique-oriented masterpieces demonstrate his insightful use of vocal ranges and unique expressive tonal language. Being a renowned bass singer himself, certainly his use of complex bass lines sets him apart from the other composers in the Dutch Schools.

To commemorate his death, Josquin Des Prez composed Nymphes des Bois on a poem by Molinet.


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Cappella Alamire : Music of The Modes : 1 CD : Peter Urquhart : Johannes Ockeghem : dor 80152

Cappella Alamire : Music of The Modes

Review: Early Music (UK) proclaimed, "This is a feast indeed." Ockeghem created music of incomparable spiritual purity and technical perfection. These three masses clearly identify one of the three greatest masters of the Flemish High Renaissance. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Capella Alamire was formed for the purpose of exploring the repertoire of the Renaissance. The Capella is a 13-voice ensemble, whose members include musicians both amateur and professional.

Songlist: Missa Sine nomine a 5, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Missa Cuiusvis toni a 4, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Missa Fors seulement a 5, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo

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Clerks' Group : Ockeghem Requiem : 1 CD : Edward Wickham : Johannes Ockeghem : GAU 168

Clerks' Group : Ockeghem Requiem

Review: Here is the climactic fourth release in the Ockeghem series of which two volumes have been final Gramophone Award Nominations.The Requiem is specially released to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Ockeghem's death. This extraordinarily moving work is coupled with the first CD recording of the beautiful Missa Fors Seulement, reflecting the fluid and diverse style of his late masterpieces.

Songlist: Missa Fors Seulement: Kyrie, Gloria, Cedo, Fors Seulement, Fors Seulement, Du tout Plongiet/ fors Seulement, Requiem: Introitus, Kyrie, Graduale, Tactus, Offertorium

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