We have been very busy over the last couple of months working on a project to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin des Prez. At the end of March we were thrilled to hear that we had been successful in being awarded a grant by the new Continuo Foundation to help put on the Linarol Consort’s Josquin 500 Festival which will take place in August and September this year.
We have planned three live concerts in UK:
Linarol Viols and Héloïse Bernard (soprano), secular chansons of Josquin.
August 14th The Church of St Mary & St Eanswythe, Folkestone.
September 16th, Leominster Priory .
Pie memorie: A valediction in voices and viols:
Linarols in conjunction with the Binchois Consort directed by Andrew Kirkman.
A programme of Josquin’s works and culminating in a performance of Jean Richafort’s magnificent masterpiece, the Missa pro defunctis.
Leominster Priory on August 20th.
All three concerts will be recorded and streamed on YouTube.
Other events in the festival will include:
• Nota Bene viol consort, instrumental music from the time of Josquin. Performed in New England, USA and recorded for release on YouTube as part of the festival.
• Talk by Dr Sarah Mead (USA).
• Talk by Professor Andrew Kirkman (Leominster)
and practical Zoom workshops!
We are preparing a dedicated website to the festival which will give you full information about how to buy tickets for all the events.
Josquin minus-one pieces
David has put together ten pieces (about an hour of music) by ‘master of the notes’ Josquin. These include exquisite motets, such as Stabat Mater, Absalon fili mi, Salve Regina and Virgo Salutiferi, as well as some of his most stunning secular works, such as Mille regretz, Dulces Exuviae, Nimphes nappés and Cueurs desolez.
You can hear them all here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gkczsyu3bnpfoq1/AACGV3EmwSG6xbLzcZMkzNvaa?dl=0
Each of these pieces comes with a new edition prepared for the minus-one project. Visit David’s website for more information and view his ever expanding catalogue of Minus One pieces.
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