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Antoine Brumel: Missa Et ecce terrae motus (The ‘Earthquake’ Mass) a 12
Alice Chance: Aurora Eora
Antony Pitts: Tres Antiphonae Paschae
Alice Chance: Precious Colours
Nicolas Gombert: Missa Tempore Paschali / Agnus Dei a 12
The SongCo Apprentices
& 2022 Ensemble Artists with
Koen van Stade Principal Artist – Tenor
Antony Pitts Artistic Director – Director
Continuing our Grand tour of European polyphony – and our historically-informed practice of reading from original manuscript notation – we open the choirbook containing Brumel’s 12-part ‘Earthquake’ Mass.
The second in our 2022 Underground series is the first program given by our dozen SongCo Apprentices, who are recreating the incredible ‘Earthquake’ Mass of Antoine Brumel by learning it from the original choirbook notation written out for a Bavarian performance in the 1570s, led by none other than Lassus. Singing from the manuscript has been a consistent focus of our explorations of early vocal music in recent years and it is now the turn of a new generation of singers to learn these long-lost skills. The Missa Et ecce terre motus stands at one end of Renaissance polyphony in terms of its 12-part harmonic landscape – which is slow-moving and highly-decorated in the individual singers’ melodic lines around the foundational plainchant. The final pages of the manuscript are lost to the ravages of time, so in their place it seems appropriate to sing a 12-part homage to Brumel’s Mass from the Missa Tempore Paschali by Nicolas Gombert – himself believed to be a pupil of Josquin. Reverberating in-between the movements of Brumel’s masterpiece are modern works for six to twelve voices by Alice Chance and Antony Pitts on the themes of loss and resurrection.
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