Missae cuiusvis toni & prolationum
Both as composer and person, Johannes Ockeghem remains an enigmatic figure to us today. His surname refers to a small village, Okegem, in eastern Flanders, where the name appears as early as the 13th century. Yet payment documents from St. Martin’s church in Saint-Ghislain in Henegauen near Mons, some 25 kilometres from Okegem, show that our composer was born there and that a mass was endowed to his memory, celebrated up until the French revolution of 1789.
We do not know when Ockeghem was born, but the fact that he wrote a mass based on the tenor of a chanson by the famous composer Gilles de Binche, ‘Binchoys’, together with an impressive Lamento in remembrance of him, may suggest that Ockeghem received his musical education in Mons (in today’s Belgium), where Binchoys held the post of organist of Ste Waudru from 1419 to 1423 and with which he remained in contact until his death.
Johannes Ockeghem (ca. 1420 – 1497)
Missa Cuiusvis toni in re
Missa Cuiusvis toni in mi
Missa Cuiusvis toni in fa-ut
the sound and the fury
Alessandro Carmignani countertenor
John Potter tenor
Christian Wegmann tenor
Hans Jörg Mammel tenor
Michael Mantaj bass
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