Music History Road Trip

1st May - May 8th

1st Stop

The first stop and our meeting place will be in Amsterdam, Holland. In front of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) at 10 AM. We are gathering at the Church because of a composer called Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck but also known as just Sweelinck. Sweelinck was born April 1562, Deventer and died on Oct. 16,1621 in Amsterdam. Sweelinck was born into a family of musicians. His father was the organist of the Oude Kerk which later on Sweelinck look over when he was about 18 years old. He mostly composed secular music.

2de Stop

The second stop will be at the Antwerp Cathedral in the beautiful Antwerp because Jean de Ockeghem was the earliest recorded singer at the Antwerp Cathedral from 1443-1444. Ockeghem was a composer early in the Renaissance period. He was born in 1410 and died on Feb. 6, 1497, in France. Ockeghem composed 14 masses, 10 motets, and 20 chansons and both sacred and secular music. Later on in the trip we will be visiting one of the places Ockeghem worked as a treasurer.

3de Stop

The third stop will be at the St. Nicholas in Mons, France. We will be stopping here because a young choir boy called Orlando di Lasso, now known as a famous composer sang there. Orlando di Lasso was born in around 1530 in Mons and died on June 14, 1594, in Munich. Lasso composed Masses and Chansons. Lasso was a master of sacred music and was equally as good composing secular compositions. His religious works have emotional intensity which makes it special. Later on in the trip we will visit the place Lasso spend his last years and composed his best known collection of penitential psalms.

4th Stop

Our fourth stop will be in the cathedral of Cambrai in France. Josquin des Prez sang in the cathedral of Cambrai in the early 1470. He mostly sang for noble and royalty men. He was born in 1450 in Burgundy, France and died Aug 17, 1521. Josquin composed all three, Chanson , Mass and Motet. He frequently used the techniques of canon and of melodic imitation. He was a composer in the middle of the Renaissance.

5th Stop

The fifth stop is the cathedral and monastery of St. Martin in de Tours, France because of your good friend Ockeghem. During his lifetime he worked as a treasurer at the great cathedral and monastery of St. Martin. He was chaplain and a composer to three famous French kings; Charles VII, Louis XI, and Charles VIII. Unlike the other composers in the Renaissance, Ockeghem wrote his masses in a style more solemn than that of his secular music.

6th Stop

The last stop we will follow up with Lasso in Munich. Lasso joined the court chapel of Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria where he remained the rest of his life. In Munich he also wrote his impressive collection of penitential psalms, Psalmi Davids Poenitentialis in 1594. He put a lot of effort in writing of his music. After this stop we will return to Amsterdam.