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Johannes Ockeghem - Missa Prolationum

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« on: August 19, 2022, 06:14:43 am »

13.2 Johannes Ockeghem was born in Saint Ghislain, near Mons, in around 1410.

His Missa Prolationum may well be the most extraordinary contrapuntal achievement of the fifteenth century; using all four of Philippe de Vitry’s prolations simultaneously, it presents a series of canons whose interval of imitation expands from the unison progressively through to the octave in accordance with a complex combination of verbal instructions, rests and mensural signs. Surprisingly, the result is a graceful, euphonious composition that gives the listener no hint of the intricate technical problems it embodies.

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