Bruges 2002, Part 5

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Program: #02-15   Air Date: Apr 15, 2002

This week, a unique Alamire Foundation-supported exploration of Flemish music from the time of the Beguine houses.

Music from the Beguines

I drew so close to Love that I began to understand
How great the gain of those who give themselves wholly to Love...
                —Hadewijch of Brabant  (1210-c.1290)

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beautiful city of Bruges as the European Cultural Capital 2002.

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All of this music is from the recording Zingen en spelen in Vlaamse steden en begijnhoven, featuring music from Flemish cities and Beguinages 1400-1500. The performers are Capilla Flamenca, and the recording is on the Belgian label Eufoda, CD # 1266.

The Beguine movement began in the 12th century in Flanders. It was the only religious community controlled entirely by women. Often wealthy women would join these communities, who devoted themselves to spiritual purity and acts of charity. At the peak of the movement, larger cities featured dozens of beguinages: Cologne, for example, had over 100 houses where 15% of the city's adult women lived.

  • Anon.: Credo (from University Library, Ghent).
  • JOHANNES RONDELLI (fl. 1436): Verbum tuum/In cruce.
  • Anon.: Jesus ad templum (Royal Library Albert I, Brussels).
  • Anon.: Beatus Landoaldus (Ghent).
  • Anon.: Ihesus coninc overal (Brussels).
  • Anon.: Omnes mauritium (Brussels).
  • ARNOLD de LANTINS (fl.1430): In tua memoria.
  • JOHANNES de SARTO (fl. 1390-1440): Verbum patris hodie.
  • NICOLAUS GRENON (c.1380-1456): Ave virtus/Prophetarium
  • ARNOLDUS de RUTTIS (fl. 1420): Prevalet simplicitas.
  • JOHANNES FRANCHOIS (fl.1378-1415): Ave Virgo/Sancta Maria the depths of pure humility, O Lord
I cannot fall away from you.
For the deeper I fall, the sweeter you taste.
                     —Mechthild of Magdeburg (1212-1297)

Composer Info

JOHANNES RONDELLI (fl. 1436), ARNOLD de LANTINS (fl.1430), JOHANNES de SARTO (fl. 1390-1440), NICOLAUS GRENON (c.1380-1456), ARNOLDUS de RUTTIS (fl. 1420), JOHANNES FRANCHOIS (fl.1378-1415).

CD Info

CD # 1266.

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