Missa Pange lingua, Josquin Desprez

Sound thinking

Buffalo News, The

Never accuse the Amherst Saxophone Quartet of not knowing when to take a winner and run with it. In October 1999, its program called Renaissance Sax featured seven transcriptions of works by the Flemish composer josquin Desprez. The concert was so rapturously received, by public and press alike, it is repeating it, almost verbatim. at 7:30 p.rn. today in Westminster Presbyterian Church. Read more »

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Missa Pange lingua, Josquin Desprez

The ASQ performas a selection of Desprez motets and his Missa Pange lingua. Missa Pange lingua is a paraphrase mass (although Josquin wrote such embroidered lines that it is sometimes impossible to tell whether the melody is being paraphrased or not) based on Pange lingua, a hymn of praise to Jesus Christ. Typical of paraphrase versus the earlier cantus firmus technique, in the Missa Pange lingua, Josquin treated all four voices as equals. There is no longer one central voice as the main carrier of the material on which the mass is based. The material is spread over all four of the voices. Read more »

Desprez, Josquin

1450 —
1521

Desprez, Josquin was born in the northern France/Belgium area. We have little knowledge of his early life, but it is known that in 1459 he was a singer at the Cathedral in Milan. In 1472, Josquin left the service of the duke and entered the service of the Sforza family, the governing family of Milan. As evidence of their rulership, they employed many artists, including singers, instrumentalists, sculptors, and painters. The Sforza family was, for example, one of Leonardo da Vinci's patrons. Read more »

Westminster Church: Amherst Saxophone Quartet

Works reviewed: 
Domine, exaudi orationem meam, Josquin Desprez
Ave Maria, Josquin Desprez
Missa Pange lingua, Josquin Desprez
Suite Francaise (1935), Francis Poulenc
Vue sur les Jardins Interdits (1973), Henri Pousseur
Songs, Book III , John Dowland
Harfleur Song, Paul Harvey
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Dec 3 2001
By: 
Jan Jezioro

The Amherst Saxophone Quartet performed numbers from its recently released CD during a show Friday in Westminster Presbyterian Church. Read more »

IT'S A WRAP

Works reviewed: 
Salve Regina, Josquin Desprez
O bone et dulcissime Jesu, Josquin Desprez
Missa Pange lingua, Josquin Desprez
L'homme arme, Josquin Desprez
Domine, exaudi orationem meam, Josquin Desprez
De Profundis Clamavi, Josquin Desprez
Ave Maria, Josquin Desprez
Absalon Fili Mi, Josquin Desprez
Buffalo News, The
Buffalo, NY
Dec 16 2001
By: 
various

Some of the best music is released at the end of the year. Here, The News critics give us their top picks.

ASQ's 'Renaissance Sax' is one for the ages

Works reviewed: 
L'homme arme, Josquin Desprez
Absalon Fili Mi, Josquin Desprez
De Profundis Clamavi, Josquin Desprez
Salve Regina, Josquin Desprez
O bone et dulcissime Jesu, Josquin Desprez
Missa Pange lingua, Josquin Desprez
Harfleur Song, Paul Harvey
Vue sur les Jardins Interdits (1973), Henri Pousseur
Suite Francaise (1935), Francis Poulenc
The Buffalo News
Buffalo, NY
Oct 29 1999
By: 
Herman Trotter

For sheer, unadulterated beauty, this concert must rank as one of the most memorable in the Amherst Saxophone Quartet's 22 years of public life. The program's title is "Renaissance Sax," chosen because all the music is either from, or related in some way to, that period (approximately 1400-1600 A.D.) in musical history. Read more »

Missa Pange lingua, Josquin Desprez

Genre: 
Early Music
Composer: 
Desprez
Composer First Names: 
Josquin
Arranger: 
Susan Fancher
Composed for the ASQ: 
Sound Samples
Movement: 
Kyrie
Movement: 
Gloria
Movement: 
Credo
Movement: 
Sanctus
Movement: 
Agnus Dei

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Renaissance Masterworks of Josquin Desprez

Renaissance Masterworks of Josquin Desprez, Amherst Saxophone Quartet
Susan Fancher, soprano
Russ Carere, alto
Stephen Rosenthal, tenor
Harry Fackelman, baritone

Sixteenth century master composer Josquin Desprez wrote some of the most strikingly glorious music I've ever encountered. I first heard Josquin's masterpiece Ave Maria in 1995, and I simply had to play it! Couldn't a quartet of saxophones replace the four original voices? When I ran the idea by Northwestern University's renowned medieval and renaissance music scholar Theodore Karp, he replied, "Why not?!" Permission granted-I was off and running. Read more »

Year: 
1999
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