From Dufay, the profane song l'homme armé would become one of the most beloved cantus firmi. It originated in the second half of the 15th century. The popular melody has been used in more than thirty masses during the Renaissance period, of which the ones in Dufay, Ockeghem and Busnois are the earliest in the series. Jacob Obrecht paid tribute to his teacher Antoine Busnois by copying his composition of this melody as cantus firmus identically in his Missa l'homme armé.
This mass has no exact composition date and originated somewhere between 1450 and 1480.
Heinrich Isaac visited Innsbruck at least three times. In September 1484, 1500 and 1501. He therefore also had to leave the city several times. At least two versions of the song are known, for different occasions.
Laudate Dominum by Sebastiaan van Steenberge is a challenge for an amateur choir and a refreshing liturgical work.
Especially for one of Koor&Stem's repertoire days Sebastiaan Van Steenberge wrote a Christmas song that immediately appealed to all participants. A three-part, simple gem on the famous text In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rosetti.
El Grillo is typical of a frottola, a simple profane song in Italian and musical ancestor of the madrigal.
Almost all works by Hayne Van Ghizeghem are three-part pieces. The chanson Allez regrets was so popular in late 15th century Europe that it appears in no fewer than 25 separate sources. The chansons were used as source material in many later works by other composers.
Matona mia cara is a warm-blooded, promising and somewhat flat soldier song. Sometimes it is wrongly thought that this is a Maria song, but in reality it is about a soldier trying to seduce a beautiful lady.
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