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L'homme armé

The earliest reliable source of the L’homme armé melody is a late-fifteenth-century manuscript in Naples, which contains six anonymous Masses based on the song. The text may be translated, ‘Fear the armed man. Word has gone out that everyone should arm himself with a haubregon1 of iron’, which may refer to a crusade against the Turks (see Lewis Lockwood in Grove, 1980). This Neapolitan version of L’homme armé poses two unresolved problems; whether it was originally a monophonic song or the tenor of a lost three-voice chanson; and whether it originally had any more verses, as the refrain structure rather suggests.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 1989

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Details for CDGIM019 track 1
Recording date
Recording venue
Salle Church, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Steve C Smith & Peter Phillips
Recording engineer
Mike Clements & Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. Josquin: L'homme armé Masses (CDGIM019)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: November 1989
    Deletion date: December 2013
    Download only
  2. Josquin: The Tallis Scholars sing Josquin (CDGIM206)
    Disc 2 Track 1
    Release date: March 2006
    2CDs for the price of 1
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