The ‘Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap’ in ‘s Hertogenbosch (in short: ‘Den Bosch’) houses an incredible treasure: a collection of choirbooks from the period 1450-1600, nine of which with beautiful multi-voiced (polyphonic) music. Together they embody the unprecedented cultural flowering period of the Duchy of Brabant, also called the Brabant Golden Age.
The books were commissioned by the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap and contain work by renowned composers of the time, such as Jean Mouton and Pierre de la Rue. They have been widely used by the brotherhood for the liturgy, but the music has been muted for centuries. That is now going to change: Cappella Pratensis is going to unpack the Bossche Koorboeken! In an extensive project of five years, all books will succesively be unlocked to the public, in image and in sound. And every year we start with a grand opening concert in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
The Den Bosch Choirbooks is a project of Cappella Pratensis in close collaboration with two natural partners: the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap and the Alamire Foundation.