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On August 27, 1521, Jossequin Lebloitte dit Desprez died in Condé-sur-l’Escaut, France. Known even to his contemporaries by the iconic first name Josquin, he was the leading composer of early-Renaissance Europe, whose mastery and innovative development of the compositional techniques of his time brought unprecedented depth and breath-taking beauty to the vocal music of the Franco-Flemish school.

Jossequin Lebloitte dit Desprez
Jossequin Lebloitte dit Desprez © Promo

Unlike any other ensemble, The Tallis Scholars and their musical director Peter Phillips have set standards in the interpretation and performance of Josquin’s music, most notably with their recording of his complete masses, a three-decade, multi-award-winning undertaking that came to a close last year.

Originally scheduled to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Josquin’s death in August 2021, an extraordinary project now brings the ensemble to the Pierre Boulez Saal to close the season: Over the course of four days, they will perform Josquin’s complete masses in the first ever cyclical presentation of these works.

The fifth concert of the cycle includes three masses based on ostinati, i.e. recurring sequences of notes—among them the Missa Hercules Dux Ferrariae, based on a cantus firmus derived from the Duke of Ferrara’s first name, and the Missa La sol fa re mi, whose title indicates the ostinato Josquin employed here.

  • Josquin des Prez - Missa "La sol fa re mi"
  • Josquin des Prez - Missa "Faysant regretz"
  • Josquin des Prez - Missa "Hercules Dux Ferrariae"

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Participating artists
The Tallis Scholars
Charlotte Ashley
Amy Haworth
Alexander Chance
Elisabeth Paul
Caroline Trevor
Guy Cutting
Oscar Golden-Lee
Steven Harrold
Ben Hymas
Simon Wall
Rob Macdonald
Simon Whiteley
Tim Scott Whiteley
Peter Phillips
Pierre Boulez Saal