Music background

   Gloria 2 text x  Kyrie 2 text x  Ground 5 text x
 Texts 4 text x  Josquin Desprez 3 text x  Guillaume Dufay 4 text x  Johannes Ockeghem 4 text x

Charlie’s new score explores the music and techniques of the Renaissance – such as the polyphonic music of Johannes Ockeghem and unusual period instruments – alongside the use of contemporary technology. The texts for the vocal works are drawn from Michelangelo’s sonnets and writings.

Renaissance music techniques

  • Guillaume de Machaut (1300 – 1377)
  • Guillaume Dufay (1397 – 1474)
  • Josquin des Prez (1450 – 1521)

Music in Italy during the 15th century was dominated by foreigners. The most significant music came to be written there, with northern composers such as Dufay & Josquin composing some of their best works in Italy.

Agnus Dei II from the Josquin des Prez Missa l’homme armé super voces musicales

Josquin – Missa l’homme armé

Opening of the Agnus Dei II from the Josquin des Prez Missa l’homme armé super voces musicales. The movement consists of a three-out-of-one mensuration canon. The middle voice is the slowest; the lowest voice sings at twice the speed of the middle voice, and the top voice at three times the speed. The first four notes of the canon are shown connected by lines of the same color.

Josquin – Cor meum

A passage from the psalm motet Domine ne in furore (Ps. 37). Three variants of a motive built on a major triad are introduced, each in paired imitation between two voices.

Josquin des Prez: Domine ne in furore 

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About Biographies Themes Music background Instruments CD info & videos
Background Creative team Anatomy Deus autem noster Dulcimer
Michelangelo Musicians Battle of Cascina Gloria in excelsis Recorders
Photos Performers Camera obscura Kyrie eleison Theorbo
Press reviews Chiaroscuro Ground bass Viola da gamba
Dissection Guillaume Dufay
Flying images Josquin Desprez
Masques Johannes Ockegham
Perspective Texts
Releasing the sculpture