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The Early Garden

One hour of browsing through early music, with an accent on Masses.

The dawn of the Renaissance. At the end of the 14th century, Franco-Flemish polyphony flourished in the Southern Netherlands and especially in Bruges, where a rich musical life developed.


The first generation of polyphonists such as Guillaume Dufay and Gilles Binchois brought about innovations. They were inspired by English music, especially that of John Dunstable.

Philipoctus de Caserta (fl. 1370)
1. De ma douleur
Ferrara Ensemble conducted by Crawford Young

Guido (de Lange?) (fl. 1372-1374)
2. Rondeau: Dieux gart
Ensemble Organum conducted by Marcel Pérès

John Dunstable (1390-1453)
3. Salve scema sanctitatis/Salve slus servulorum/Cantanti celi agmina
Orlando Consort

John Plummer (ca. 1410-ca. 1484)
4. Anna Mater matris Christi
The Hilliard Ensemble
(CD Ars Subtilior – Dawn of the Renaissance. Harmonia Mundi HMX 2908169

Cipriano de Rore (ca. 1515-1556)
5. Anchor che col partire
Ensemble de violes Labyrinto conducted by Paolo Pandolfo
(CD L’Emergence de la musique instrumentale. Harmonia Mundi HMX 2908172)

Antoine Busnois (ca. 1430-1492)
6. Motet: Anthoni usque limina

Gilles Binchois (ca. 1400-1460)
7. Amours merchi
8. Asperges me

Alexander Agricola (ca. 1446-1506)
9. Magnificat
Capella Sancti Michaelis and Currende Consort conducted by Erik van Nevel
(CD De Vlaamse Polyfonie – Guillaume Dufay en Bourgondië. Eufoda 1169)


Pictured: John Dunstable


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