Autumn of the Middle Ages: a Six-Part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 6

This entry is part of the series Autumn of the Middle Ages
An illustration from the southern Netherlands showing musicians in the Garden of Pleasure, c. 1500 (© British Library)

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.
The music in this final programme of the series was created in a new world, dominated by radical new ideas spread through printing and leading to major upheaval in the 16th century: the Reformation and the rediscovery of Antiquity. The Waning Middle Ages saw a major political rearrangement of the European continent, and composers worked increasingly abroad, with the Low Countries now under the control of the Habsburgs. Yet the musical themes continue to celebrate the eternal motifs of love and merriment.

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.

B392101.06 Autumn of the Middle Ages : Programme 06 / 1976-01-27
Originele Opname: B358217 / B354906 / B364698
00:00 Introductory Announcement by Nevil Gray
01:10 Robert Haslach
01:53 Zwischen Berg und tiefen Tal – (Hendrik Isaac) – Studio Laren
02:46 Robert Haslach
03:11 E qui la dira – (Hendrik Isaac) – Studio Laren
05:06 Robert Haslach
06:10 Ick segh adieu – (Jacob Clemens) – Studio Laren
08:03 Robert Haslach
08:52 Ghy sotten en sottinnekens – (Antwerps Liedboek, Anonymus) – Studio Laren
11:18 Robert Haslach
11:48 ‘t Sou een meisken gaan om wijn – (Antwerps Liedboek, Anonymus) – Studio Laren
12:31 Robert Haslach
12:53 Gevaere – (Antwerps Liedboek, Anonymus) – Studio Laren
13:58 Robert Haslach
14:23 Branle Poitou – (Anonymus) – Studio Laren
15:13 Robert Haslach
16:11 Ricercare – (Adriaan Willaert) – Studio Laren
19:23 Robert Haslach
20:14 Three dances: Pavane, Moorish dance and Fool’s dance – (Tielman Susato) – Studio Laren
23:59 Back announcement by Nevil Gray

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