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Missa L'homme armé - Supremum est mortalibus bonum CD
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There is another recording of the mass just released, Dufay: The Masses for 1453 which also features the Missa "Se la face ay pale", another of Dufay's Meisterwerke. These feature instrumental accompaniment which, while not to my ideal taste, is incorporated into a recording far more engaging than this one.
Don't blame Karl for plagiarism however, for the original Missa L' homme arme (Mass for the Armed Man) was written during the Renaissance some 5 centuries ago around the mid 1450's and has since been used by more than 20 composers as a cantus firmus for the Roman Catholic Ordinary Mass.
While Dufay's version may not be the original (that honour is variably attributed to French composer Antoine Busnois) its melody line can certainly be traced to it, and considering Guillaume Dufay was the most famous composer in Europe during the mid 15th century he can certainly be credited with increasing the popularity of the piece even if he can't claim copyright.
This version, recorded at the Chapel of Hartford College in 1994 by Jeremy Summerly's Renaissance music experts `Oxford Camerata', uses five voices (male and female) to provide a subtle and intimate version of the piece and the recorded sound from the chapel is surprisingly atmospheric.
Two other works are included, `Illumina faciem tuam' (Make your face shine) and `Supremum est mortalibus bonum' (Peace is the supreme good of mankind).
The CD liner notes provide 4 pages of brief notes on Dufay, Summerly and the Oxford Camerata (including singer's names) and a translation of the texts from Latin to English completes a very satisfactory album of Early Music.
I am an admirer of the Oxford Camerata in general. As in their record of Josquin's mass based on the same chanson, there are 12 singers, those male these feminine as Milton puts it, numbering 7 and 5 respectively.Read more ›
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This magnificent CD contains besides the Missa, also the song ‘L’homme armé’ which G. Dufay used as cantus firmus and, importantly, the motet ‘Supremum est mortalibus... Read morePublished on 22 April 2014 by Luc REYNAERT