Josquin des Prez, Prince of Music

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Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ensemble Gombert


Celebrating its 31st year in 2021, Ensemble Gombert is Melbourne’s outstanding chamber choir, noted for its pure intonation and historical approach to choral sound and style.

Named after Nicolas Gombert, the Ensemble specialises in a cappella performance of Franco-Flemish music of the High Renaissance.

About this concert

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin des Prez, of whom Martin Luther said, ‘Josquin is master of the notes, which must do as he wishes; other composers must do as the notes wish.’ Ensemble Gombert commemorates this ‘Prince of Music’, as he was known in the 16th century, performing six of his greatest motets. Of these, it is no exaggeration to say that Praeter rerum seriem must be one of the most original works of all time, while Miserere mei, Deus is regarded by some as the greatest musical creation of the Renaissance – one commentator claimed it was the musical equivalent of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling.

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Ensemble Gombert


Josquin des Prez
Præter rerum seriem
Stabat Mater
Inviolata, integra, et casta es Maria
Salve Regina
Regina caeli laetare
Miserere mei, Deus