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Cappella Pratensis & I Fedeli

Part of York Early Music Festival 2024

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In this concert, two prominent representatives of Franco-Flemish polyphony, Obrecht and Barbireau, come together. In his masses and motets Obrecht was an innovative user of the ‘cantus firmus’ technique, in which polyphonic fabric weaves around an existing melody, as in his celebratory Missa Sub tuum praesidium. Completing the programme is Barbireau’s only surviving motet, Osculetur me.

This concert is presented in association with the Alamire Foundation and AMUZ with support from the Flanders Government.

Cappella Pratensis specializes in the music of Josquin Desprez and other polyphonic composers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The ensemble performs its own programs and original interpretations, which are based on academic research.

I Fedeli is an ensemble specialising in the performance of 16th and 17th century music. It was founded by Josué Meléndez and Nora Hansen with the aim of reviving the best and most exciting repertoire written for the cornetto in different combinations, and to present it to a wider audience.

Tickets for the concert can be booked HERE.


This year, the York Early Music Festival is celebrating the wealth of musical creativity through the human voice and song, a combination prized for its power to communicate with us most directly; and through metamorphosis, the inspiration behind the creation, reimagination and reconstruction of music across time.



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