Antoine Brumel (c.1460-c.1515) - A discography

This discography is presently in a preliminary state. It is believed to contain a substantial percentage of an eventual full listing, but has not been scoured for completeness or organized into sections based on individual works. It should prove informative nonetheless.

Discographic material below has been collected to this stage with substantial help from Pierre-F. Roberge.

Todd M. McComb


Antoine Brumel (c.1460-c.1515) may have been the only major Franco-Flemish polyphonist of the Josquin generation to be born within France proper, perhaps near Chartres. The earliest historical record of Brumel is from Chartres in 1483. He held a master's position in Geneva from 1486, and left in 1492 under mysterious circumstances. He is mentioned again at Laon in 1497, and was placed in charge of the children at Notre Dame in 1498, where he soon resigned. In 1501, he was in Chambéry, and finally took the prestigious appointment at Ferrara in 1506, after a year of negotiations. The Ferrara chapel was disbanded in 1510, and nothing concrete about Brumel is known afterward.

Brumel was one of the composers to whom Petrucci devoted a volume of masses (1503), and indeed his masses continue to be his most famous works. Among his fifteen surviving mass cycles and four Credos, all are in four parts but one: The twelve-part Missa Et ecce terrae motus is by far his most popular work today. Brumel's Missa pro defunctis is also notably the first to set the Dies irae to polyphony. Brumel wrote over thirty motets in a variety of styles, as well as a handful of secular songs and instrumental pieces. His style progresses from an irregular approach to rhythm in overlapping parts to more emphasis on strongly declamatory passages. His increasingly chordal style is often taken to reflect Italianate tendencies, a trait he shares with Weerbecke.

Todd M. McComb, 11/01


Original releases

(or first known)

  1. Alpha DB 129 [LP]
    Musique flamande - Renaissance et Baroque
    Ensemble Alarius & Quatuor vocal de Bruxelles

  2. Amadeo AVRS 6233 [LP, mono, Europe]
    Instrumentalmusik am hofe Maximilians I
    Isaak, Brumel, Senfl, Fink, Compère, Josquin, Obrecht
    Concentus Musicus, Ensemble für Alte Musik

  3. Ambitus 97947
    La Symétrie
    Ensemble Flûte Harmonique

  4. Ambronay 007
    Polyphony collected and commisioned by Margareta of Austria
    Les Jardins de Courtoisie - Anne Delafosse-Quentin

  5. Amon Ra 56
    The Brightest Heaven of Invention
    Flemish Polyphony of the High Renaissance
    New London Chamber Choir - James Wood

  6. Archiv Produktion 2533 378 [LP]
    Isaac - Brumel - Mouton - Compère: Motetten - Motets
    Pro Cantione Antiqua, London - Bruno Turner, cond.

  7. Archiv Produktion APM 14032 [LP-Mono, European market]
    IV. Research Period - The High Renaissance, Series A: The Netherlanders from Josquin des Prés & Series G: Dance Music
    Notenbücher der Margerete von Österreich - Susato
    Pro Musica Antiqua - Safford Cape, dir.

  8. Archiv Produktion DGA 14 323 [LP, mono]
    IV. Research Period - The High Renaissance, Series B: At the Imperial Court of Maximilian I «From the Repertoire of the Imperial Court Chapel»
    Mitglieder des Concentus Musicus, Wien - N. Harnoncourt, cond.; Wiener Sängerknaben und Chorus Viennensis - U. Mund. cond.

  9. Arion ARN 68130
    Noël en tous temps, en tous lieux
    La Maurache

  10. Arktos 98027CD
    Early Music Consort of Calgary

  11. Arte Nova 39116
    Johannes von Lublin: Tabulatura 1540
    René Clemencic

  12. AS&V Gaudeamus 168
    Ockeghem: Requiem / Missa Fors seulement
    The Clerks' Group - Edward Wickham

  13. AS& V Gaudeamus 352
    La Rue / Brumel: Requiems
    Clerks' Group - Edward Wickham

  14. Audite 97783 [CD]
    Basevi Codex
    Music At the Court of Margaret of Austria
    Dorothee Mields / Boreas Quartett Bremen

  15. Bayer Records BR100 274
    Musica mensurabilis IV
    Gombert - Musae Jovis ter maximi; Brumel - Missa "Et ecce terraemotus" & Isaac - Missa paschalis
    Schola Cantorum Stuttgart - Clytus Gottwald, dir.

  16. Bis 1949
    End Beginning
    New York Polyphony

  17. Bongiovanni 5623
    Peñalosa: Un Libro de Horas de Isabel La Católica
    Odhecaton - Paolo Da Col

  18. Canal Grande CG 9321
    D. Shostakovitch, A. Brumel, J. Ockeghem, T. ter Doest
    Calefax Reed Ensemble

  19. Carillon Records LP 124 [LP]
    Motets from the 16th and 17th Centuries
    Des Prez - Missa Mater Patris et Filia
    Harvard Glee Club - Elliot Forbes, cond.

  20. Carpe Diem CD 16294 [CD]
    Mundus et musica
    Instrumental music in Spain and Flanders ca. 1500
    Qualia - Lambert Colson

  21. Carpe Diem Records 16325 [CD]
    Josquin: In memoria mea
    Cantus Modalis, Seconda Prat!ca - Rebecca Stewart

  22. Carus CV 63.114 [LP]
    Musica Antiqua Ambergensis - Helmut Schwämmlein, dir.

  23. Centaur Records 2109
    The Art of Flemish Song
    In the Courts of Europe
    Live Oak

  24. Centaur 3230
    A Renaissance Wedding Gift
    Music from the Medici Codex of 1518
    Rutgers Collegium Musicum - Andrew Kirkman

  25. Chanticleer 8805
    Brumel: Missa Berzerette Savoyenne & Motets
    Chanticleer - Joseph Jennings

  26. Chanticleer 8808
    Josquin: Missa Mater Patris / Agricola: Magnificat & Motets
    Chanticleer - Joseph Jennings

  27. Christophorus CLP 75 514 [LP, 25cm, mono]
    Tänze und Chansons
    Instrumental musik um 1500
    Capella antiqua München - Konrad Ruhland, dir.

  28. Christophorus 77368
    Colours in the Dark
    The Instrumental Music of Alexander Agricola
    Ensemble Leones - Marc Lewon

  29. Club Français du Disque 318 [LP]
    Court and Ceremonial Music of the early 16th Century
    Ensemble Roger Blanchard et le Concert Poulteau

  30. Collegium Records COL 83-03 [LP]
    La chanson française
    Songs of Medieval and Renaissance France
    The Toronto Consort

  31. Collegium Records JE 102 / 103 [LP]
    Flemish & Burgundian Music in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    The Columbia University Collegium Musicum - Richard Taruskin, dir.

  32. Coro 16097
    The Earth Resounds
    Josquin / Brumel / Lassus
    The Sixteen - Harry Christophers

  33. Coviello Classics 21105
    Geld Macht Musik
    Johannes Weiss / bFive Recorder Consort

  34. Da Camera Magna 94 053 [LP]
    Josquin des Prez - Brumel
    Schola Cantorum St. Foillan, Aachen - Wilhelm Eschweiler, dir.

  35. Discophile français 51/5 (set A11) [78 r.p.m. x5]
    Antoine Brumel: Missa "De Beata Virgine"
    Ensemble vocal Couraud - Marcel Couraud, dir.

  36. ECM "New Series" 465 122-2 (or 1700 / 01) [CDx2]
    Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble

  37. EMI/HMV SLS 5049 [LPx3]
    The Art of the Netherlands
    The Early Music Consort of London - David Munrow

  38. EMI (HMV) 5 C193 24588 / 89 [LPx2]
    Anno Domini 1501
    45 compositions by Masters of the Low Countries
    Ensemble Syntagma Musicum

  39. Emergo 3975
    Sicut lilium inter spinas
    In Annunciatione beata Marie Virginis
    Cappella Pratensis - Rebecca Stewart

  40. Emergo Classics 3987
    Early Music of the Netherlands, Volume 1: 1400-1600
    Gesualdo Consort / Concerto Palatino / Ensemble Tragicomedia

  41. Erato ECD 75569
    Noël, Noël - Noël français / French Christmas Music 1200 - 1600
    The Boston Camerata - Joël Cohen, dir.

  42. Erato EDO 215 [LP]
    Old Netherland masters of organ music
    Gabriel Verschraegen

  43. Erato EFM 42 052 [LP, 25cm]
    Dix motets de la Renaissance
    Petits chanteurs de Saint-Laurent - Zurfluh, dir.

  44. Erato STU 70 661 [LP]
    De Guillaume Dufay à Josquin Des Prés
    Chansons d'amour du 15e siècle
    Staempfli & Ensemble d'Instruments anciens "Ricercare" de Zurich - Michel Piguet, dir.

  45. Etcetera 1346
    Chant and Polyphony from Bohemia
    Capilla Flamenca / Schola Gregoriana Pragensis

  46. Etcetera 4011
    Dame de Deuil
    Musical Offerings for Marguerite of Austria (1480-1530)
    La Morra - Michal Gondko & Corina Marti

  47. Eufoda 1366
    Christmas around the 1500's
    Capilla Flamenca

  48. Eufoda 1372
    Bellum & Pax
    Missa L'homme armé / Da Pacem
    Obrecht / Josquin / La Rue
    Capilla Flamenca / Oltremontano / Psallentes

  49. Ex Cathedra 9003
    A Renaissance Christmas
    New York's Ensemble for Early Music - Frederick Renz

  50. The French Broadcasting System Program No. 669/670 [LPx2]
    15th Century Music at Blois
    [Masterworks from France]
    Ensemble vocal Roger Blanchard & Chanteurs traditionnels de Paris - Roger Blanchard

  51. Gentile 20060902
    In minen sin
    Wereldlijke muziek aan de Italiaanse hoven rond 1500
    Ensemble Corona

  52. Gimell 026
    Brumel: Missa Et ecce terrae motus
    Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips

  53. Gimell 052
    Josquin: Missa mater patris / Bauldeweyn: Missa Da pacem
    Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips

  54. Gimell "2-for-1" 211 (2 CDs)
    The Tallis Scholars Sing
    Flemish Masses
    Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips

  55. Globe 5112
    Common Grounds
    La Fontegara Amsterdam

  56. Glossa "Nouvelle Vision" 921102 (2 CDs)
    Res Musice: The Passion of Reason
    The Sour Cream Legacy
    Frans Brüggen / Kees Boeke / Walter van Hauwe

  57. Gotham Recording « The French Broadcasting System in North America » GRC 7528 / 7529 [LPx2, mono, auto. coupling]
    Masterworks from France: Program no. 595 & no. 596
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Missa pro defunctis / Antoine Brumel
    Various performers.

  58. Griffin 2365
    Pastyme with Good Companye from Hampton Court Palace
    I Fagiolini / Forbury Consort

  59. Harmonia mundi HM 990 [LP]
    Basses Danses et Chansons 1450-1550
    Le Chansonnier de Marguerite d'Autriche - Le Livre des Basses Danses de Marguerite d'Autriche
    Clemencic Consort - René Clemencic, dir

  60. Harmonia Mundi 901738
    Brumel: Messe à 12 voix "Et ecce terrae motus"
    Ensemble Clément Janequin / Les Sacquboutiers de Toulouse - Dominique Visse

  61. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907291
    Petrucci: Harmonice Musices Odhecaton

  62. Harmonia Mundi USA 907328
    The Toledo Summit
    Early 16th-c. Spanish & Flemish songs & motets
    Orlando Consort

  63. Harmonia Mundi USA 907398
    Medieval Gardens in Music
    The Rose, the Lily & the Whortleberry
    The Orlando Consort

  64. Harmonia Mundi HMU 90 7418 [CD]
    Medieval Christmas - Noël médiévaux
    Tenth- to Sixteenth-Century secular & liturgical music for Feasts days
    Orlando Consort

  65. Hilliard Live HL 1003
    Antoine Brumel
    The Hilliard Ensemble

  66. HMV- Gramophone (G.-B.) DAB 5037 [78 r.p.m.- 25cm]
    Palestrina - Brumel
    Manecanterie des petits chanteurs a la croix de bois - Maillet (abbé), dir.

  67. Hyperion 68065
    Brumel: Missa de beata virgine / Motets
    The Brabant Ensemble - Stephen Rice

  68. Hyperion 68379 [CD]
    Josquin's Legacy
    The Gesualdo Six - Owain Park

  69. In Mulieribus (no number) [CD]
    In Mulieribus: LIVE II 2009-2014
    In Mulieribus

  70. Klara MMP 013
    Musica aldersoetste Konst
    Polyphonic songs from the Low Countries
    Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel

  71. Kontrapunkt KP 32316 [CD]
    Requiem: Brumel, Josquin, Victoria, Anonymes du XVIè siècle
    Schola Cantorum, Copenhagen - Bernard Lewkovitch, dir.

  72. Lantefana 94101
    Lute Music, 1440-1500
    Crawford Young

  73. Melodya C10 23417 002
    Pro Musica I - Ensemble of Old Music
    Live recordings of outstanding Musicians - G. Dufay, A. Agricola, H. Brumel, H. Isaac, J. Despréz
    Pro Musica New York - Noah Greenberg, cond.

  74. Musical Heritage Society MHS 3291 [LP]
    Lamentations of Jeremiah
    Harvard Glee Club - F. John Adams, cond.

  75. Musical Heritage Society MHS 3558 [LP]
    Ars perfecta
    Harvard Glee Club - F. John Adams, cond.

  76. Musikszene Schweiz 6110
    Aus dem Liederbuch des Johannes Heer von Glarus
    Ensemble Ludwig Senfl - Michel Piguet

  77. Musique en Wallonie MEW 525
    Dulcis Melancholia
    Biographie musicale de Marguerite d'Autriche
    Capilla Flamenca

  78. Navona 6106
    Back Before Bach
    Musical Journeys

  79. Naxos 8.570535
    Brumel: Missa de Beata Virgine
    Speculum Ensemble

  80. L'Oiseau-Lyre LD 81 [LP, mono, France]
    Musiciens de la cour de Bourgogne, vol. II
    Choristers and Musicians of the Chapelle de Bourgogne - Bernardin Van Eeckhout, dir.

  81. Obsidian 715 [CDx2]
    Anne Boleyn's Songbook
    Music & Passions of a Tudor Queen
    Alamire - David Skinner

  82. Obsidian 719 [CD]
    From Darkness Into Light
    Brumel: Complete Lamentations of Jeremiah for Good Friday
    Musica Secreta - Deborah Roberts & Laurie Stras

  83. Olive Music 006
    Instrumental music with recorders between 1300 and 1650
    Ensemble Rayuela

  84. Opus 111 30-162 (Tesori del Piemonte)
    Il Codice di Staffarda
    Engarandus / Brumel
    Insieme Vocale Daltrocanto - Dario Tabbia

  85. Opus 111 OPS 30-158
    Venite a laudare
    Obsidienne - Emmanuel Bonnardot, dir.

  86. ORF 333
    Choral works by Brumel, De La Rue & Gombert / Instrumental dances
    Various artists

  87. Pan Classics 10246
    Songs from the courts of Renaissance Italy
    Ulrike Hofbauer / Modena Consort

  88. Pan Classics 10377
    Cosmography of Polyphony
    A Journey through Renaissance Music with 12 Recorders
    The Royal Wind Music

  89. Philips "Trésors classiques" 6504026 [LP]
    Les maîtres d'orgue de Chartres
    Pierre Cochereau

  90. Psallite PET 68 / 040768 [LP]
    Friesische Orgelpracht (Rysum/Osteel)
    Wilhelm Krumbach

  91. Raum Klang « Marc Aurel Edition » 20044
    Virgo Sancta Caecilia
    Ensemble Candens Lilium – Norbert Rodenkirchen, dir.

  92. RCA Victor 840 005 [LP]
    Visages de Notre-Dame
    Petits chanteurs de Notre-Dame de la Joie - Jean-Pierre Lore, dir.

  93. Regulus Classics 1017 [CD]
    Virgo Serena
    Vocal ensemble Cappella - Tetsuro Hanai

  94. Regulus Classics 1027 [CD]
    Josquin - Missa Vol. 1
    Vocal ensemble Cappella - Tetsuro Hanai

  95. Resonus Classics "Inventa" 1005 [CD]
    La la hö hö
    Sixteenth-Century Viol Music for the Richest Man in the World
    Linarol Consort

  96. Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande RMSR 20081 [CD]
    Les Musiques de la Cour de Savoie
    La Chapelle des Ducs de Savoie - Vincent Arlettaz, dir.

  97. Ricercar 207572
    I Fiamminghi IV
    O admirabile commercium
    Brumel, Regis, Mouton, Josquin
    Cappella Pratensis - Rebecca Stewart

  98. Ricercar 155 [CD]
    A Renaissance Collection
    Vox Luminis - Lionel Meunier

  99. Ricercar 333 [CD]
    The Birth of the Violin
    The First Violins and their Repertoire (1500-1550)
    Le miroir de musique - Baptiste Romain, dir.

  100. Sony Vivarte 46348
    Brumel: Missa Et ecce terrae motus
    Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel

  101. Studio JD 173C249025
    Couperin, Berchem, Brumel, Grégorien, Bach
    Antoine Bender

  102. Studio SM 36 [78 r.p.m.]
    Von Berchem - Antoine Brumel
    Cigale Notre-Dame

  103. Studio SM 2781
    Paradisi Porta
    Guerrero / Ghiselin / Brumel / Ortiz
    Carmina Sacra

  104. Supraphon SUA ST 10 548 [LP, mono]
    Old Netherlands masters of organ music
    Gabriël Verschraegen

  105. Supraphon 19 0211/0212/0213 [LPx3]
    Dejiny Hudby v Príkladech - II. Hudba Renesance
    Various ensembles and soloists

  106. Tactus 400007
    Di corte in corte
    Umanesimo in musica
    Anonima Frottolisti

  107. Tall Poppies 141
    The Ockeghem Legacy
    Sydney Chamber Choir - Nicholas Routley

  108. Teldec AW 6 42 625 [LP]
    Blockflötenmusik der Renaissance
    Wiener Blockflöten Ensemble

  109. Telefunken "Das Alte Werk" AWT 9 471-A [LP, mono]
    Requiem und Totenklagen um 1500-1550
    Pierre de La Rue and others
    Capella Antiqua, München - Konrad Ruhland, dir.

  110. Titanic Ti-238
    Sacred and Profane
    Salomone Trio

  111. Vox "Turnabout" TV 4 019 [LP, mono]
    Medieval and Renaissance Music for the Irish and Medieval Harps, Vièle, Recorders and Tambourin
    Elena Polonska, Guy Durand, Roger Cotte


(or otherwise duplicated)

  1. Archiv 445 667-2 (box, 445 668 / 445 674 on CD) (7 CDs)
    Geistliche Musik der Renaissance - The flowering of Renaissance choral music
    Pro Cantione Antiqua et al. - Bruno Turner, dir.

  2. Archiv Produktion "Blue" 474 233-2 [CD]
    Music at the Court of Emperor Maximilian I
    Mitglieder des Concentus Musicus, Wien - N. Harnoncourt, cond.; Wiener Sängerknaben und Chorus Viennensis - U. Mund. cond.

  3. Archiv Produktion 2523 070 [LPx6]
    Geistliche Musik der Renaissance
    Various performers

  4. Brilliant Classics 92149 [CDx4]
    O Magnum Mysterium
    Renaissance Flemish Polyphonists, between 1400-1500
    Schola Cantorum, Stuttgart - Clytus Gottwald, dir.

  5. Christophorus "Musica Practica" SCGLX 75 941 [LP]
    Musik der Renaissance
    Liebeslieder, Tänze, Chansons
    Capella antiqua München - Konrad Ruhland, dir.

  6. Coro 16064 (4 CDs)
    Hilliard Live - The Collection
    The Hilliard Ensemble

  7. Deutsche Grammophon "Éloquence" 469 671-2
    Music of the Renaissance
    Palestrina - Byrd - Dunstable - Morley - Dowland
    Pro Cantione antiqua & Hamburger Bläserkreis für alte Musik - Bruno Turner, dir.; Ulsamer-Collegium - Josef Ulsamer, dir.; Konrad Ragossnig (lute)

  8. EMI Reflexe 64215 (2 CDs)
    The Art of the Netherlands
    Early Music Consort of London - David Munrow

  9. Gimell 201 (2 CDs)
    The Essential Tallis Scholars
    Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips

  10. Gimell GIMBX 301 [CDx4]
    Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Volume 2
    The Tallis Scholars finest Recordings, 1990-1999
    The Tallis Scholars – Peter Philips, dir.

  11. Gimell CDGIM 454 990-2
    Silver - The best of the Tallis scholars
    The Tallis Scholars - Peter Phillips, dir.

  12. Gimell 454 996
    The Lamentations of the Prophet Jeremiah
    Tallis Scholars

  13. Harmonia Mundi HMX 290 8183 (3 CDs)
    Various composers and performers

  14. Naïve "Monum," V4901
    20 siècles en Cathédrales
    Various performers

  15. Ricercar 102 [8 CDs+book]
    The Flemish Polyphony
    Various performers

  16. Saydisc / Amon Ra 73 [CD]
    High Renaissance
    Choral Polyphony from the Low Countries
    New London Chamber Choir - James Wood

  17. Schwann "Hören & Lernen" HL 00 211 [LPx5]
    Spektrum Music vol. 3
    Musikkunde in Biespielen
    Various performers

  18. Sony "Vivarte" SXK 48020
    In musica Vivarte
    Musical selections from the Vivarte catalogue
    Various performers

  19. Sony "Vivarte" 53966
    In musica Vivarte: musical selection from Huelgas Ensemble
    Huelgas Ensemble - Paul Van Nevel

  20. Sony Classic SBG 7478442 [CDx15]
    A Secret Labyrinth
    A Celebration of Music from Middle Ages to Renaissance
    Huelgas Ensemble – Paul Van Nevel,dir.

  21. Virgin Edition 7243 5 61334 2 6 (2 CDs; mid-priced)
    The Art of the Netherlands
    Early Music Consort of London - David Munrow

  22. Warner Classics 90296 73084 [CDx34]
    Josquin and the Franco-Flemish School
    Various artists

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