Autumn of the Middle Ages: a Six-Part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 4

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


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 fourth programme of the series, we hear the music of two of the giants of 15th century European music: Johannes Ockegem and the great Josquin Desprez. Many of the musicians of this era lived into the 16th century. Some composers, like Jacob Obrecht and Petrus de la Rue, worked at the Burgundian court but were well known throughout Europe. Johannes Ockegem became master of the king’s music at the courts of king Louis XI and Charles VI of France, and Josquin spent most of his life in Italy.

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.

B392101.04 Autumn of the Middle Ages : Programme 04 / 1976-01-27
Original recodings music: B358217 / B354906 / B364698
00:00 Introductory Announcement by Nevil Gray
01:06 Robert Haslach
01:57 Petite camusette – (Johannes Ockegem) – Studio Laren
02:50 Robert Haslach
03:28 Joie me fuit – (Antonius Busnois) – Studio Laren
06:14 Robert Haslach
07:13 Weet ghy wat mijnder jonge herte deert – (Jacob Obrecht) – Studio Laren
08:49 Robert Haslach
09:04 Tandernaken – (Jacob Obrecht) – Studio Laren
11:10 Robert Haslach
11:49 Pourquoi non – (Pierre de la Rue) – Studio Laren
14:25 Robert Haslach
14:44 Autant en l ‘importe le vent – (Pierre de la Rue) – Studio Laren
15:51 Robert Haslach
16:14 Frau Margaretsen Lied – (Pierre de la Rue) – Studio Laren
18:15 Robert Haslach
19:17 Adieu mes amours – (Josquin Desprez) – Studio Laren
20:30 Robert Haslach
20:50 Fantasiez de Joskin – (Josquin Desprez) – Studio Laren
23:22 Back-announcement by Nevil Gray

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