Desprez, Hoyoul, Praetorius
Luther: The Noble Art of Music

KTC 1577 . 1CD . 8711801015774 . 15/10/2017 . Etcetera Records

Luther: The Noble Art of Music

Desprez, Hoyoul, Praetorius

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In a letter of 4 October 1530 to the chapel-master of the Bavarian court Ludwig Senfl (c. 1488/89–1543), Martin Luther famously proclaimed that, “I plainly judge and do not hesitate to affirm that except for theology, there is no art that could be put on the same level with music”. The position stands in stark contrast to some of his reformer contemporaries, who, disturbed by music’s power to affect the soul, all but banned it from the Church. Luther, on the other hand, sought precisely to capitalize on the qualities that music possessed in order to advance his reforms. For him, music was a powerful tool for private meditation and diversion, for strengthening communal ties, for spreading his message, and for public representation. Luther’s high evaluation of music was based in personal experience. As a schoolboy in Eisenach, he sang regularly, and at university he received training in speculative music theory as one of the seven liberal arts. He played the lute, and could compose. As a well-educated musician, he continually stressed the importance of music not only as a part of worship, but also as an essential part of general education. He once famously remarked that every schoolmaster must be able to sing, and he emphasized the importance of music education in his 1524 guidelines for the founding of schools (An die Ratsherren aller Städte deutschen Landes, daß sie christliche Schulen aufrichten und halten sollen). Accordingly, music played a central role in the school curriculum, and witnessed an enormous growth in Lutheran areas during the reformation. Luther himself planned a treatise on music, but this was never completed. The most emblematic musical manifestation of Luther’s reforms is undoubtedly the repertory of songs in the vernacular whose creation Luther initiated: the chorale, or hymn, repertory. With their German, poetic, and strophic texts, set to simple and memorable melodies, these chorales allowed the faithful to sing communally together as well as to express and share religious and spiritual ideas. They were employed privately, publicly, and for educational purposes.

Utopia
Griet De Geyter soprano
Bart Uvyn countertenor
Adriaan De Koster tenor
Lieven Termont baritone

InAlto
Lambert Colson cornetto
Guy Hanssen trombones
Adam Woolf trombones
Charlotte Van Passen trombones
Bart Vroomen trombones
Alice Foccroulle soprano (nrs. 8 & 23)

Bart Rodyns organ (nrs. 5 ,21 & 23) Kistorgel, Jos Moors 2012, 3 registers (8,8,4)

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Track listing

1 Douleur me bat - Josquin Desprez 02:49
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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2 De Profundis Clamavi - Josquin Desprez 04:02
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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3 Aus Tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Mattheus Le Maistre (verse 1) 01:10
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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4 Aus Tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Mattheus Le Maistre 01:21
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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5 Aus Tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Johann Crüger (verse 2) 00:51
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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6 Aus Tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Arnoldus de Bruck 01:05
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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7 Aus Tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Lupus Hellick (verse 3) 01:26
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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8 Aus Tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Michael Praetorius (verse 5) 04:18
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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9 De Profundis Clamavi - Ludwig Senfl 05:45
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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10 Plaine de dueil - Josquin Desprez 02:29
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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11 Unser Vater in den Himmeln - Balduin Hoyoul 02:24
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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12 Pater Noster - Josquin Desprez 04:08
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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13 Vater Unser in Himmelreich - Anonymous (verse 1) 00:47
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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14 Vater Unser in Himmelreich - Johann Walter (verse 5) 01:11
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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15 Vater Unser in Himmelreich - Caspar Othmayr (verse 6) 01:08
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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16 Vater Unser in Himmelreich - Johannes Eccard (verse 9) 01:03
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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17 Verleih uns Frieden - Anonymous 01:09
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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18 Victimae Pascali Laudes - Josquin Desprez 03:10
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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19 Christ Lag in Todesbanden - Balduin Hoyoul (verse 1) 02:02
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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20 Christ Lag in Todesbanden - Caspar Othmayr (verse 2) 01:03
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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21 Christ Lag in Todesbanden - Johann Walter (verse 5) 01:24
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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22 Christ Lag in Todesbanden - Johann Walter 02:02
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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23 Victimae Pascali Laudes - Orlandus Lassus 04:03
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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24 Victimae Pascali Laudes - Michael Praetorius 06:20
artists: 'Utopia Belgian handmade polyphony' 'InAlto '
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