Wednesday, 21 November 2007

7. Jean de Ockeghem - Alma Redemptioris Mater (Late 15th Century)


Title: Missa Mi-Mi, Salve Regina & Alma Redemptoris Mater.
Performer: The Clerk's Group
Director: Edward Wickham
Year: 1994
Length: 5 minutes.


This is an even shorter piece of music than the last one, lasting little more than 5 minutes, Alma Redemptoris Mater is one of the very few remaining Motets by Ockeghem, and it is a very beautiful one.

This is a motet at four voices, mixing male and female voices in the recording with a particularly impressive vocal interplay and a fullness of sound not present in people like Busnoys. Ockeghem still falls behind Dufay in the Motet l33t skillz, but not very far, and unfortunately there are not enough motets around to give us a fuller impression.

I am sorry this is quite a short review, but it is based on 5 minutes of music.

Track Highlights

You are joking Right? I think I'll go for Alma Redemptoris Mater.

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

A strong influence on Josquin Des Prez, Ockeghem was famous throughout Europe for his expressive music and his technical mastery. His technical prowess is demonstrated most clearly in the astonishing Missa prolationum, which consists entirely of mensuration canons, and the 'Missa cuiusvis', to be performed in different modes, but even these technique-oriented masterpieces demonstrate his insightful use of vocal ranges and uniquely expressive tonal language. Being a renowned bass singer himself, his use of wide-ranging and rhythmically active bass lines sets him apart from many of the other composers in the Netherlandish Schools.

Here is a quite interesting Deo Gratias by Ockeghem:

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