Recorded at St James the Greater, Leicester, 13th October 2012


Hailed in his day by composers, contemporary music historians and aristocracy alike as one of the most significant musicians of the time, Adrian Willaert stood astride some of the most significant musical developments of the early 16th Century. Recognised as a the master of the prima practica – the school of polyphony later most associated with Palestrina – he was also in Venice at the birth of the multiple choir works we know best through Gabrieli and Monteverdi. How could one man be so influential in two such different styles of music? In this, Willaert's 450th anniversary, Kingfisher Chorale, joined by sackbut ensemble Piffari, chart the change in styles and musical fashions. Through his music and that of his contemporaries, including Ockeghem, Gombert, Mouton and Gabrieli, we follow him as he moves from his Flemish origins, through France and central Italy, and finally to Venice where he laid the musical foundation for extraordinary developments in the early 17th Century.

©Kingfisher Chorale 2014


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