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Published on Oct 30, 2012
The renaissance chanson Mille Regretz, composed by the incomparable Josquin des Prez, performed by Bruce Dickey & Hanneke van Proosdij, with divisions in the style of Ganassi and Bassano. Video from the Voices of Music Great Artists series, October, 2012. Voices of Music FAQ Q. How can I support Voices of Music? A. Donate here: https://voicesofmusic.org/donate.html and we will make more videos like this one :) These videos cost thousands of dollars to make, and the money comes from individual donors.
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Q. Why are there no conductors? A. Conductors weren’t invented until the 19th century; since we seek to recreate a historical performance, the music is led from the keyboard or violin, or the music is played as chamber music~or both
Q. What are period instruments or original instruments; how are they different from modern instruments? A. As instruments became modernized in the 19th century, builders and players tended to focus on the volume of sound and the stability of tuning. Modern steel strings replaced the older materials, and instruments were often machine made. Historical instruments, built individually by hand and with overall lighter construction, have extremely complex overtones—which we find delightful. Modern instruments are of course perfectly suited to more modern music.
Q. Why is the pitch lower, or higher? A. Early Music performance uses many different pitches, and these pitches create different tone colors on the instruments. See https://goo.gl/pVBNAC Mille regretz was one of the most famous compositions of the renaissance, and was called "Canción del Emperador", the song of the emperor, by the Spanish composer Narváez as it was reputedly the favorite of Charles the V. Josquin's composition is a perfect miniature of contrapuntal simplicity and elegance, ending with a brief litany in declamatory style on the text "brief mes jours definer", "so soon my days will end."
In this performance, Bruce Dickey recreates the art of renaissance and early baroque ornamentation: first, the original chanson is performed, with the cornetto sounding the treble and the other parts played by the organ; next, two versions are performed using original techniques of ornamentation, with an interlude for solo organ.
Pitch and temperament are a vital part of the sound of this music. This video was recorded at the pitch of 467 Hz in quarter comma meantone.