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Josquin des Prez, the leading composer of the early Renaissance in Europe, died on August 27, 1521. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the composer’s death and to close the season, the Tallis Scholars and their music director Peter Phillips, acclaimed around the world for their standard-setting performances of Josquin’s works, bring an extraordinary project to the Pierre Boulez Saal: Over the course of four days, they will perform Josquin’s complete masses in what will be the ensemble’s first-ever cyclical presentation of these works.
Like many mass settings of the time, Josquin’s Missa Malheur me bat and the Missa Fortuna desperata are based on pre-existing melodies, yet no other composer employed compositional techniques as complex as Josquin’s to transform the given material into stupendously polyphonic masterworks—whose musical origins hardly ever come to the surface.
Due to continuing Corona-related travel restrictions, the concerts with The Tallis Scholars and Peter Phillips cannot take place this season and have to be postponed. The “Josquin 500” project is now expected to take place from July 13 to 16, 2022.
- 1 hour 30 minutes
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