Autumn of the Middle Ages: a Six-Part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 2

This entry is part of the series Autumn of the Middle Ages

Presentation of the Chronicle of Hainaut at the court of Duke of Burgundy Philip the Good (1419-1467) (© Wikipedia)

In de Middle Ages, the Netherlands played a very prominent role in European musical life. By “Netherlands” we mean the so-called “Low-Countries”, the regions along the North Sea which include the present-day Netherlands as well as Belgium. Both regions formed one whole which, in turn, was part of the Burgundian realm. In the 15th and 16th centuries Dutch composers from the southern Netherlands occupied positions of importance in the music ensembles of monarchs and princes and also as leading figures in the choirs of many European cathedrals. In the history of music this period is thus known as that of the “Dutch Schools”. These musicians became known as creators of impressive contrapuntal choral works on religious texts. But in this series of valuable recordings of Dutch Early Music, we present them also as composers of secular music, of songs and dances.
In this second part of the series we look at music of the 15th century, the age of the court splendour and sophistication of the Burgundian dukes. By this time the composers were no longer anonymous. The indisputable master of the age was Guillaume Dufay, a pupil of Nicolas Grenon and famous for his choral works and motets

Presented by Robert Haslach.

Produced by Dr. Jos Wouters (script and project coordination) and Willem G. Van Maanen

Recorded by Radio Nederland Wereldomroep and released as a set of six LP’s for broadcast by our partner stations 27 January, 1976. A large number of the pieces were performed by the internationally known Dutch early music ensemble Syntagma Musicum.

B392101.02 Autumn of the Middle Ages : Programme 02 / 1976-01-27
Original recording music: B359599 / B359902
00:00 Insteltoon
01:14 Introductory Announcement by Nevil Gray
02:03 Robert Haslach
02:48 O flos flagrans – (Johannes Brasart) – Syntagma Musicum
06:36 Robert Haslach
06:57 La plus jolie et la plus belle – (Nicolas Grenon) – Syntagma Musicum
08:11 Robert Haslach
08:59 Gloria, laus et honor – (Gilles Binchois) – Syntagma Musicum
10:08 Robert Haslach
10:44 Deuil angoisseus – (Gilles Binchois) – Syntagma Musicum
13:01 Robert Haslach
13:17 La Perontina – (Anonymus) – Syntagma Musicum
14:16 Robert Haslach
15:13 Helas mon deuil – (Guillaume Dufay) – Syntagma Musicum
18:07 Robert Haslach
18:23 Qui latuit in virgine – (Guillaume Dufay) – Syntagma Musicum
19:48 Robert Haslach
20:05 L ‘alta belleza tua – (Guillaume Dufay) – Syntagma Musicum
22:28 Robert Haslach
22:48 Dit le bourguynon – (Anonymus) – Syntagma Musicum
24:16 Back-announcement by Nevil Gray

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