Performers: Robert Harre Jones, Charles Daniels, Angus Smith, Donald Grieg
Playing time: 58'
Recording date: September 1993
Loyset Compère (c.1445-1518) was one of the leading composers of the last generation to write in the freely contrapuntal idiom. The opening quasi-isorhythmic motet on this disc, Compère's earliest surviving composition, is one of the last great evocations of that style, paying hommage directly to Dufay. Compère worked in every genre of the time, and this recording also includes examples of more imitative motets, chansons in the grand manner, rustic chansons (a genre at which Compère was one of the pioneers), frottole, and a mass-motet cycle. The latter genre enjoyed a brief vogue in Milan.
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