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Missa Au travail suis
composer
based on the chanson by either Ockeghem or Barbingant
author of text
Ordinary of the Mass

Recordings
'Ockeghem: Missa Au travail suis & Missa De plus en plus' (CDGIM035)
Ockeghem: Missa Au travail suis & Missa De plus en plus
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'The Tallis Scholars sing Flemish Masters' (CDGIM211)
The Tallis Scholars sing Flemish Masters
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Details
Movement 1: Kyrie
Movement 2: Gloria
Movement 3: Credo
Movement 4: Sanctus and Benedictus
Movement 5: Agnus Dei

Missa Au travail suis
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The Missa Au travail suis by Johannes Ockeghem (c.1425–1497) was based on a secular model – a chanson either by Ockeghem himself or the unknown ‘Barbingant’. In fact Ockeghem only quoted the tenor from this three-part model (at that time the tenor was often held to be the ‘tune’), doing so infrequently but obviously: the first ten notes of it may be clearly heard at the beginning of each movement as a head-motif. After that references are hard to identify and the music settles into a pattern of gentle, undemonstrative chamber-music, the second Agnus Dei summing up the stillness of Ockeghem’s conception. As was customary in the fifteenth century, Ockeghem kept his four voices within a narrow compass (except in the extreme case of the second Agnus) and regularly scored down to duets and trios.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2009

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