L'homme arme: a battle cry for Rome from three giants of the Papal Chapel
(DS & 8 or more singers)
The L'homme arme ('armed man') melody was set in over 40 mass cycles from the mid 15th century to the end of the 17th, and was used as a model to show technical prowess in composition. In this concert Alamire explores composers of three contrasting generations who, variously during their lives, were members of the Papal Chapel: Guillaume Dufay (1397-1474), Josquin Desprez (c.1450-1521), and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525/6-1594). The programme will include their settings of the L'homme arme Mass as well as works specifically composed by each for the Papal Chapel.