The Book of Requiems, 1450-1550
From the Earliest Ages to the Present Period
Edited by David J. Burn
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Reference work for musicologists, music theorists, performers, and music lovers
Few western musical repertories speak more to the imagination than the Requiem mass for the dead. The Book of Requiems presents in-depth essays on the most important works in this tradition, from the origins of the genre up to the present day. Each chapter is devoted to a specific Requiem, and offers both historical information and a detailed work-discussion. Conceived as a multi-volume essay collection by leading experts, The Book of Requiems is an authoritative reference publication intended as a first port of call for musicologists, music theorists, and performers both professional and student.
Volume I treats the Requiem’s liturgical and chant background, the craft of early Requiem composition, and eight of the earliest composed Requiems, from c. 1450 to c. 1550.
Contributors: M. Jennifer Bloxam (Williams College), David J. Burn (KU Leuven), Antonio Chemotti (KU Leuven / Alamire Foundation), Fabrice Fitch (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Tess Knighton (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Sarah Ann Long (Michigan State University), Honey Meconi (University of Rochester / Eastman School of Music), John Milsom (Liverpool Hope University), Stephen Rice (freelance performer, editor, and writer on Renaissance music).
“Requiems have a special place in today’s musical landscape.” Read a Q&A with editor David Burn >
The Plainsong Requiem Tradition
‘Lux aeterna luceat eis’: Polyphonic Craft in the Renaissance Requiem
Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1420–97): Missa pro defunctis
Pierre de la Rue (d. 1518): Missa pro fidelibus defunctis
Antoine Brumel (c. 1460–1512/13): Missa pro defunctis
Dionisius Prioris (c. 1450?–1514/15): Missa pro defunctis
Pedro de Escobar (fl. 1507–14): Missa pro defunctis
Antoine de Févin (d. after January 1512): Missa pro fidelibus defunctis
Jean Richafort (c. 1480–c. 1550): Missa pro defunctis
Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490–13 October 1562): Missa pro defunctis
Primary Sources Cited
Format: Edited volume - ebook - PDF
Publication: June 14, 2022
Series: The Book of Requiems 1
Het “Book of Requiems” is een meerdelige reeks. Het wordt een intellectueel, hoogstaand naslagwerk voor musicologen, muziektheoretici, uitvoerders en muziekliefhebbers. Michel Dutrieue, Stretto, 30 juli 2023, https://bit.ly/3qdOCH1
I, for one, eagerly await further volumes of this series. (...) the efforts that went into the concept and execution of this volume, as well as the high quality of both content and production values, indicate that the series is well worth the investment. This project is indeed very likely to become the authoritative reference publication in this area.
Wolfgang Marx, Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 18, 11–14. https://doi.org/10.35561/JSMI18234
Gerard Scheltens, Luister, november 2022