Johannes Ockeghem: Requiem, With Diabolus in Musica Conducted By Antoine Guerber
The first polyphonic requiem in the history of music.
Johannes Ockeghem composed his first funeral mass for choir in the 15th century. Renowned for his vox aurea (golden voice), the French-Flemish composer introduced a spectacular dimension to the Requiem which distinguished him from his peers. In a rich polyphonic partition, he musically portrays the emotional upheavals and existential angst surrounding the concept of death. Written in 1504, shortly after one of the dedicatee’s passing, Ockeghem's manuscript for this Requiem does not provide information about its recipient. Musicologists and historians attribute it to the death of one of the first two kings whom the Touraine musician served: Charles VII and Louis XI.
- Antoine GuerberChoirmaster
- Diabolus in MusicaVocal ensemble