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Tota pulchra es

author of text
Song of Songs; antiphon for Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Little known today, to Othmar Luscinius, writing in 1536, Nicolaes Craen was a model of all that was best about the modern style of composition, particularly in his Tota pulchra es: ‘Now Nicolaes Craen (a man, in truth, of outstanding natural qualities), has seemed to me, in his motet Tota pulchra es, to have very successfully ignored the practices of the old musicians: and we shall be able to learn from this how laudably he has moved beyond even the ancient laws.’ For Luscinius, Craen’s ability lay in his method and skill in ‘composing harmonies’, providing a model to be followed by all aspiring composers of his day.

from notes by Andrew Kirkman © 2001

Peu connu aujourd’hui, Nicolaes Craen incarnait aux yeux d’Othmar Luscinius, écrivant en 1536, les meilleurs aspects du style moderne de composition, notamment dans son Tota pulchra es : « Or Nicolaes Craen (homme aux qualités naturelles exceptionnelles, en vérité) me semble, dans son motet Tota pulchra es, avoir parfaitement réussi à s’affranchir des pratiques des musiciens d’autrefois ; et nous pourrons y apprendre comme il fait pour dépasser de louable façon jusqu’aux anciennes lois. » Pour Luscinius, l’art de Craen tenait à la méthode et à l’habileté avec laquelle il « composait des harmonies », proposant un modèle digne d’inspirer tous les apprentis compositeurs de son époque.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Kirkman © 2001
Français: Josée Bégaud

Nicolas Craen, der heute so gut wie unbekannt ist, war für den 1536 schreibenden Othmar Luscinius ein Paradebeispiel für alles, was am damals modernen Kompositionsstil lobenswert war, insbesondere in seinem Tota pulchra es: „Nun scheint mir Nicolaes Craen (ein Mann von wahrhaft vorzüglichen Anlagen) in seiner Motette Tota pulchra es ausnehmend erfolgreich die Bräuche der alten Musiker mißachtet zu haben: Und daraus können wir lernen, wie lobenswert er sich selbst über die Gesetze des Altertums erhoben hat.“ Für Luscinius war Craens Können in seiner Methodik und Befähigung zum Setzen von Harmonien begründet, die ein Vorbild für alle angehenden Komponisten seiner Zeit böten.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Kirkman © 2001
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller


Josquin: Josquin and his contemporaries


Track 3 on CDA67183 [8'32]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67183 track 3

Recording date
12 January 2000
Recording venue
St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Josquin: Josquin and his contemporaries (CDA67183)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 2001
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