Royal Exequies: Music for the Funeral of Philip the Fair
Music of Desprez and de la Rue
Stratton Bull, artistic manager
The Dutch-based vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis - literally “Cappella des Prés” - champions the music of Josquin des Prés and the polyphonists of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The group combines historically informed performance practice with inventive programs and original interpretations based on scholarly research and artistic insight. As in Josquin’s time, the members of Cappella Pratensis perform from a central music stand, singing from the original mensural notation scored in a large choirbook. This approach, together with attention to the linguistic origin of the compositions and the modal system on which it is based, offers a unique perspective on the repertoire.