L’Héritier & Arcadelt

8:15 pm, Saturday, 25 November 2017
Oud-Katholieke kerk, Juffrouw Idastraat 7, The Hague (map)

3:00 pm, Sunday, 26 November 2017
Eendrachtskerk, Eendrachtsstraat 95, 3012 XH Rotterdam (map).

Entrance €17,50
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Cappella Gabrieli’s November programme revolves around the music of two Flemish composers who brought the Flemish style to Italy: Jean L’Héritier and Jacob Arcadelt. We’ll sing Arcadelt’s five-part mass, written according to the musica reservata principles, as well as five, six and seven-part motets by L’Héritier.

Jean L’Héritier (1480 - 1551) was a student of Josquin des Prez. In 1506 he traveled to Ferrara, probably on the recommendation of Antoine Brumel, who he still knew from Flanders. In the following years his name appears in Rome, Mantua and Verona, and later in Venice. His work fits stylistically between Josquin’s and Palestrina’s, with smooth lines and frequent imitation. His later work features alternation between polyphonic and homophonic passages, which gives a greater dramatic effect. Palestrina based his Nigra sum mass on L'Héritier's Nigra Sum motet.

Jacob Arcadelt (about 1505 - 1568/1575) settled in Rome in 1536 after a stopover in Florence, where he joined the Cappella Giulia, the choir of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. From 1540 he lead the Sistine Chapel’s choir (Cappella Sistina), which also included Palestrina. Arcadelt embodied the Italians’ worldly compositional style and the Flemish polyphonists’ covenant with the clergy. The latter, the so-called musica reservata, sought perfection in an endeavor to meet the strictest and clearest rules in the study of composition. Arcadelt was able to maintain these rules perfectly and in a very inventive way.

Palestrina later succeeded Arcadelt as a choirmaster, but not for long. Palestrina was soon to be fired from his post.


Jakob Arcadelt (c. 1507 – 1568)
Missa Ave Regina Caelorum

Jean l’Héritier
Surrexit Pastor Bonus

Jean l’Héritier (c. 1480 – 1551)
Alma redemptoris mater

Jean l’Héritier
Locutus est Dominus ad Moysen