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The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch
552 West End Avenue New York
United States
Saturday, May 04, 2019

John Bradley, Conductor

Descendi in Hortum Meum

Flemish Influence in Venice and Ferrara

Cipriano de Rore (c. 1515-1565) - Missa Praeter rerum seriem a7

Motets by:

de Rore |A. Gabrieli | Josquin | Merulo| de Wert | Willaert  

Time:              8 pm

Pre-Concert Lecture at 7 pm with Dr. Raymond Erickso

Tickets:          $30 – General Admission

                        $20 – Students, Seniors & Early Music America (EMA) Members

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Polyhymnia will perform mid-16th-Century Italian music by Franco-Flemish and Italian composers.

From the courts of France and Burgundy, composers like Guillaume Dufay and his successors established the preeminence of the Franco-Flemish School first in Rome and then with the great families of the Italian City-States, including the Este family in Ferrara. The migration continued with the arrival of Josquin des Pres in 1498, as well as his younger compatriots who were called to the chapel of the Este family in Ferrara. In 1527, another of the great Flemish voices, Adrian Willaert was appointed to the prestigious post of Maestro di Cappella at Venice’s Basilica of San Marco. This series of events secured the legacy of the Franco-Flemish school as the dominant stylistic influence of musical composition in both Venice and Ferrara. Franco-Flemish composers like de Josquin, de Rore, Willaert, and de Wert, influenced later, Italian-born composers like Andrea Gabrieli and Claudio Merulo.

Cipriano de Rore’s sumptuous seven-voice Missa Praeter rerum seriem is an indisputably eloquent and stunning parody of Josquin des Prez’s equally gorgeous motet. The lavish mass ordinary is both a tribute to Josquin and an unrestrained embellishment of the melodic material of the motet. It is also an obvious political homage to Ercole II d’Este Duke of Ferrara, with its cantus firmus celebrating de Rore’s patron, much as Josquin’s Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae did for the Duke’s grandfather, Ercole I. Motets by de Rore and his contemporaries will complete the program.

Join Polyhymnia as they celebrate the musical influences of the north on the sumptuous chapels of Ferrara and Venice.

About the Ensemble:

Founded in 1994, Polyhymnia creates vibrant, historically informed performances of music from the courts and cathedrals of the Renaissance world. Working with museums and libraries, liturgical historians and educational institutions, Polyhymnia preserves and revives masterworks of the choral literature composed in Europe and the Americas between the years 1450 and 1650. Since 2000, Artistic Director John Bradley has been preparing original editions of music for the ensemble in repertoire including numerous modern premiers of works which have remained unperformed since the 16th century.

Polyhymnia is supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.