Autumn of the Middle Ages: a Six-Part History in Words and Music from the Low Countries, Part 5

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

Syntagma Musicum, the internationally famous Dutch early music group founded by Kees Otten in 1963 (©

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.
By the early 15th-century, the first books of printed music began to appear. The song “Rompeltier” by Jacob Obrecht, for example, appeared in an early printed edition from Venice. It is quite a light-hearted piece, as is also the song “Mijn morcken”, the full title of which is “My mother married me off to a pretty girl”. The composer is anonymous but he we know he had a sense of humour. The music in this programme is performed by “Syntagma Musicum”.

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.

B392101.05 Autumn of the Middle Ages : Programme 05 / 1976-01-27
Originele Opname: B359902
00:00 Introductory Announcement by Nevil Gray
01:10 Robert Haslach
01:39 Mijn morcken – (Anonymus) – Syntagma Musicum
02:44 Robert Haslach
03:43 E qui la dira – (Hendrik Isaac) – Syntagma Musicum
04:58 Robert Haslach
05:19 ‘t Meisken was jonck – (Hendrik Isaac) – Syntagma Musicum
06:15 Robert Haslach
06:55 Rompeltier – (Jacob Obrecht) – Syntagma Musicum
07:24 Robert Haslach
07:38 Tandernaken – (Jacob Obrecht) – Syntagma Musicum
09:48 Robert Haslach
10:00 La stangetta – (Jacob Obrecht) – Syntagma Musicum
11:16 Robert Haslach
12:13 Si dedero – (Alexander Agricola) – Syntagma Musicum
14:12 Robert Haslach
14:33 El grillo – (Josquin Desprez) – Syntagma Musicum
16:13 Robert Haslach
16:26 La Bernardina – (Josquin Desprez) – Syntagma Musicum
17:19 Robert Haslach
17:52 Domine, ne in furore – (Josquin Desprez) – Syntagma Musicum
21:10 Robert Haslach
21:41 La Alfonsina – (Johannes Ghiselin) – Syntagma Musicum
23:05 Back-announcement by Nevil Gray

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