Low Countries Composers Bus Tour
Day 1: Amsterdam
Here is where Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck lived, and died. He actually never left the Netherlands area and stayed around Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Antwerp. We will visit the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam where he was an organist and remained in that position un till his death.
Day 2: Antwerp Belgium
Our second stop is Antwerp, Belgium. Jean de Ockeghem’s earliest recorded appointment was as a singer at Antwerp Cathedral this is a great city and we will stay for about 5 hours and let the tourists to explore the city on their own and maybe eat lunch at some of the finest restaurants around Antwerp.
Day 3: Mons, Hainaut Belgium
Now we will stay in belgium and go to Mons, Hainaut in belgium. Gilles Binchois’s father, Jean de Binche, was connected to the court of Hainaut. Binchois was in Paris in 1424 serving William De la Pole, earl (later duke) of Suffolk, and returned with him to Hainaut in 1425. So we will visit that court.
Day 4: Condé-sur-l’Escaut, Burgundian Hainaut, France
Now we drive the Condé-sur-l’Escaut, Burgundian Hainaut, France. Josquin des Prez Sometime between then and 1499, when he became choirmaster to Duke Ercole I of Ferrara, he apparently had connections with the Chapel Royal of Louis XII of France and with the Cathedral of Cambrai.
Day 5: Rome, Italy
Now we are going to Rome because Orlando di Lasso From 1553 to 1554 he was chapel master of the papal church of St. John Lateran at Rome, a post later held by Palestrina
Day 6: Cambrai
So we will visit the Cathedral of Cambrai. the cathedral is good also because Guillaume Dufay with the Duke of Savory he lived at Cambrai from about 1440 and supervised the music of the cathedral. Also Josquin’s early life has been the subject of much scholarly debate, and the first solid evidence of his work comes from a roll of musicians associated with the cathedral in Cambrai in the early 1470s
Day 7: Amsterdam
We are all back home!