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Nesciens mater

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Antiphon during Christmastide

Both Antoine de Févin and his brother Robert were prolific composers, and Antoine and his fellow Oltremontano Jean Mouton are known to have been at Ferrara alongside Brumel in the 1510s. Nesciens mater, a reasonably rarely set Christmas antiphon, is attributed to Antoine de Févin and may have been known to Mouton, potentially inspiring his own more famous setting with an 8-ex-4 canon (where eight parts are produced from four notated parts performed in canon, often at a different pitch). Févin’s work is highly melismatic, with a lack of textual repetition and the resulting scarcity of consonants giving the phrases a pleasingly transparent texture.

from notes by Guy James © 2021


Josquin's legacy
CDA68379 Available Friday 29 October 2021


Part 1: Nesciens mater
Track 15 on CDA68379 [2'16] Available Friday 29 October 2021
Part 2: Virgo hodie
Track 16 on CDA68379 [1'59] Available Friday 29 October 2021

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