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Early Music Concerts 2016-2017: (UK) The Renaissance Singers Concert: "A Flemish Christmas" (17 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 18, 2016

"Our Christmas programme this year features works by Jacob Clemens and his Franco-Flemish contemporaries. Clemens’s music is polyphonic perfection: unlike most northern European composers of the time he never travelled to Italy; he revels in relatively conservative close-worked counterpoint and sonorous chording. ...

His Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis ('Shepherds, what have you seen?') moves seamlessly between moods of contemplative reverence and joyful dancing. All is crowned by a rapturous Agnus Dei in which the texture is enriched by an extra voice. You can hear a performance of the motet on which Clemens modelled the mass by clicking here (performance by Stile Antico).
 
The setting of the Mass will be interspersed with seasonal motets by Gombert, Verdelot, Josquin, Willaert and Clemens himself. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available at the interval. Tickets are available via our website. Book now to take advantage of advance purchase prices. Vrolijk kerstfeest!"