Saturday 9th October 2021, 10am – 4.30pm St Cuthbert’s Church, Edinburgh
David Allinson explores the paradoxical genius of Josquin, who excelled in every polyphonic genre — Mass, motet and chanson — and whose music set the standard for decades across Europe. Josquin was able to channel the latest humanist theories into music which is direct, poetic and emotional without betraying his medieval inheritance of music as gorgeously abstract ‘sounding number’. Through patronage and print Josquin’s music rapidly achieved canonical status, influencing Catholic and Protestant composers across the continent.
To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Josquin’s death in 1521, David Allinson will offer us a selection of motets, Mass music and chansons. As ever, precise repertoire choices are dependent on the forces signing up, but it is hoped to include some or all of these pieces, making for a rich and rewarding day of polyphony. Tenors and Basses, especially, are encouraged to apply early, since that will open up more possibilities.
Possible repertoire: Ave Maria a4; Gaude Virgo a4; Agnus Dei from the Missa L’homme armé sexti toni; Benedicta es, caelorum regina a6; Nymphes des bois a5; Mille regretz a4
Application: Singers are invited to book for the full day at £40 (EMFS members) or £45 (non-members) including refreshments (but not lunch) or for either the morning or afternoon session at £22 (EMFS members) or £25 (non-members). Full -time students may attend free.
It may be necessary to give priority to some voices to try to achieve a balanced ensemble. Covid safety measures will be in place and full details will be circulated to participants in advance, along with venue directions, further information and PDFs of the music, where possible.