Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Jerusalem, Jerusalem

De Wert was a Flemish composer who worked in Northern Italy for aristocratic patrons for most of his life. He was brought to Na­ples as a boy where his manifest talent was such that aged six­te­en he took up a post at the court of Novel­lara. While there he published several books of madrigals all…

Annibale Padovano (1527-1575): Mass for 24 Voices

It seems to have become musical orthodoxy that Tallis’ Spem in alium was inspired by Striggio’s Missa Ecco sì beato giorno and the motet upon which it’s based Ecce beatam lucem but that’s not to say that Tallis’ masterpiece was inspired exclusively by Striggio’s work another candidate is this Mass for twenty-four voices which was…

Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Providebam Dominum

De Wert was a Fleming who worked in Northern Italy for most of his life. 1 He had a very considerable influence both during his lifetime and for many generations after his death not least because of his strong influence on Claudio Mon­tever­di studied under him. He was a renowned madrigalist and his approach to…

Jacquet de Mantua (1483 -1559): Aspice Domine

I wrote about this five-part (SATTB) motet by Jacquet de Mantua featuring the performance by Delititiæ Musicæ under Marco Longhini back  in May. 1  I recently stumbled across this performance by the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford under Bill Ives, really it’s superb, don’t miss it. mfi

Giaches de Wert (1535-96): Gaudete in Domino

De Wert is yet another one of the Flemish composers imported by the mid-to-late sixteenth century Italian aristocracy to sing and glorify God and themselves although not necessarily in that order. He worked in Northern Italy for most of his life and was tremendously influential both on his contemporaries and on future generations not least…