Musica Nova Ensemble Lucien Kandel, artistic director
In 2021, Musica Nova proposes to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the passing of the great composer Josquin Desprez.
Like Palestrina, his name is one of the only to be quoted in textbooks and treatises of music until now and without discontinuity. The admiration which he displays is, of course, equal to his talent and renown
throughout Europe in the Renaissance.
After interpreting the motets and the songs, Musica Nova singers will look at one of his masses printed in 1514 at the Venetian publisher O. Petrucci, the «Missa ad fugam».
As it name suggests, this work uses the methods of writing in canon, so essential to French-Flemish composers. All of Josquin’s production uses this technique, from songs to motets and to the famous Mass of «L’Homme Armé».
References to his master Jean Ockeghem are numerous.
This program will be completed by various motets issued from the choir books of the Vatican Library and the Sistine Chapel, as well as the 6-voices testamentary «Pater Noster» which he asked to be sung every year to celebrate his passing.