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With a LIVESTREAM concert from the magnificent St. John Evangelist Cathedral in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Cappella Pratensis opened its second year in the five-year project Bossche Koorboeken on 18 March 2021. With Jean Mouton’s Missa Tua est potentia at the center of the program.
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 Brotherhood and contain works by renowned composers of the time. They have been used extensively for the liturgy, but the music has been silenced for centuries. That is now changing: Cappella Pratensis is unpacking the Den Bosch Choirbooks! In a mega-project of five years, one or two books are made accessible to the public each year, in image and sound. And every year we start with a grand opening concert in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Similarly this year. In this concert, titled Ezekiel’s Eagle, we opened the second year with music from two choirbooks, referred to by connoisseurs as MS 152 and 155. Live from the Sacraments Chapel in St. John’s Cathedral, the place where the Brotherhood gathered for the liturgy and for what purpose these books were made. With this concert we also presented our new CD with the same title.
The concert was preceded by a short documentary in which the well-known Dutch historian Herman Pleij took the viewer to ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the 15th and 16th centuries, the period in which the now more than 700-year-old Brotherhood flourished and built up this unique collection of choirbooks.
8:00 – 8:15 PM introduction by historian Herman Pleij
8:15 – 9:00 PM concert
Jean Mouton – Missa Tua est potentia from choirbook 155
Gregorian chant from choirbook 152
Jean Mouton (1459-1522) Motet – Tua est potentia
Chant Introit – Protexisti me
Jean Mouton Missa Tua est potentia – Kyrie
Jean Mouton Missa Tua est potential – Gloria
Jean Mouton Motet – Salva nos Domine vigilantes
Jean Mouton Missa Tua est potential – Sanctus
Anonymous Elevation motet – O salutaris hostia
Chant Pater noster
Jean Mouton Missa Tua est potentia – Agnus Dei
Jean Mouton Motet – Da pacem Domine
Stratton Bull, Tim Braithwaite – superius
Lior Leibovici, Korneel van Neste – contratenor
Pieter de Moor, Peter de Laurentiis – tenor
Marc Busnel, Máté Bruckner – bassus