Alexander Agricola was a remarkably imaginative composer from the 15th century. By listening to his Missa In myne zyn, one hears his capricious, playful, breathtaking music. The theme of youth and age he approaches here is timeless.
The film shows us how apt Alexander's poetry is in this day and age. Today his music still expresses those same emotions that follow desire, the unattainable, getting older, saying goodbye, ... One reads those emotions, hears them, feels them very prominently in his songs, and can discover them concealed in his sacred music.
MISSA IN MYNE ZYN | CHANSONS| MOTETS
Alexander Agricola (ca. 1456-1506) was born in Ghent and was not only a contemporary of Josquin Desprez but also one of the most exciting composers of his period. Of the eight Masses by Agricola that have survived, the Missa in myne zyn is the most demanding to perform and the most elaborate, making use of every possible technique to include the thematic material of Agricola's own 3-part song In minen sin. The secular pieces recorded here lend themselves particularly well to the techniques of ornamentation and improvisation that the composer himself suggests.
Agricola's writing perfectly suits the one-to-a-part performing style which Capilla Flamenca has championed for years.