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Johannes OCKEGHEM ( † 1518)

Pierre de La Rue ( † 1497)

Concerts given at:

October 13, 2019 - Cultural season, Abbaye de Noirlac (18)

June 29, 2019 - Sacred Art Unit, Gosnay (62)

September 02, 2018 - Voice and Roman Route Festival, Haguenau (67)

August 27, 2018 - Oude Muziek Festival, Utrecht (Netherlands)

April 20, 2018 - Abbey of Fontevraud (49)

April 19, 2018 - Saint-Aignan Church, Chartres (28)

March 09, 2018 - Forum Alte Musik, Zurich (Switzerland)

09 November 2017 - Cultural season, Montaigu Theater (86)

July 05, 2017 - Chambord Festival, Saint-Dié-sur-Loire (41)

May 16, 2017 - Louvre Oratory, Paris (75)

April 30, 2017 - Saint-Julien Church, Tours (37)



Sanctus -La RueDiabolus in Musica
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"The first two polyphonic requiems in our history, two masterpieces magnified by the low and deep voices of the ensemble
Diabolus in Musica."

At this dawn of the Renaissance, religious sensibility changed and thears moriendi(art of dying well) takes a fundamental place in devotion and its most spectacular artistic manifestations. The masses for the deceased, until then traditionally sung in a sober way and restrained in plainsong, are now put in polyphony, like all the other masses. But more than the others, they translate into music the emotional upheavals, the questions, the anxieties or the serenity in the face of our inevitable destiny.


The Requiem of Ockeghem is the first mass for the dead set in polyphony in our history. As in many works by the great master from Tours, the lower voices are particularly highlighted, which here obviously seems to suit the solemnity of this exceptional liturgy.


The Requiem de La Rue, very shortly after, is the masterpiece of this immense musician. The whole of this mass is written in extremely low ranges, often a fifth lower than most polyphonic works of the time. Ockeghem and La Rue show here an astonishing mastery and virtuosity, always at the service of emotion.

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