Josquin: Master of the Notes / Schola Antiqua of Chicago
Date: September 17, 2011
Location: New York, USA
In 1538, Martin Luther called him “the master of the notes, which must do as he wishes, while other composers must follow what the notes dictate.” He was speaking of a Franco-Flemish composer named Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450/55—1521), perhaps the most distinguished of Renaissance composers after Palestrina. In three concerts (October 21-23) across the Chicago metropolitan area, Schola Antiqua of Chicago - the city's specialists in music before 1600 - presents a program of music entirely devoted to this outstanding composer under the direction of Michael Alan Anderson (Eastman School of Music). The centerpiece of the program will be a full performance of the Missa de Beata Virgine, among Josquin's latest and most challenging masses. The concert will be supplemented by some of his most beautiful and communicative motets, including the well-known "Ave Maria...Virgo serena." This program is underwritten with support from Lumen Christi Institute, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Sage Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council. Visit: http://www.lumenchristi.org/?p=1044 for more information.