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Veni Sancte Spiritus
Veni sancte spiritus was universally accepted as a work by Josquin until 1985, when an attribution to his lesser-known contemporary Forestier was noticed in a manuscript considered to be of greater authority. Its credentials before that time seemed impeccable: ascribed to Josquin, it was showcased as the first piece in Ott’s collection of motets, Novum et insigne opus musicum, published in 1537-8, and, with its brilliant construction around two canons at the fifth, seemed every inch the expression of the better-known composer’s legendary contrapuntal brilliance. Whether by Josquin or not, Veni sancte spiritus is an extraordinary musical achievement, worthy to stand beside anything of its day; further, as one of the central pieces of the ‘Josquin canon’ recognised in the sixteenth century, it is an integral part of the picture of Josquin on which the modern view of the composer is based.

from notes by Andrew Kirkman © 2001

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67183 track 5
Recording date
12 January 2000
Recording venue
St Andrew's Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Josquin: Josquin and his contemporaries (CDA67183)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: September 2001
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