Clemens non Papa: The Shepherd’s Mass

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Program: #02-50   Air Date: Dec 16, 2002

The Shepherd's Mass -- continuing our exploration of music from the Lowlands in honor of Bruges 2002, we hear this charming setting of a mass dedicated to the Shepherds who were told of Christ's birth, by this composer who lived in Bruges (as well as Antwerp and Ypres).

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant from Boyd Holmes.

NOTE: This program and others this year celebrate Belgium and the beautiful city of Bruges as the European Cultural Capital 2002.

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Clemens was born in Ieper (Ypres) and worked in the cathedral of St. Donatien in Bruges (as well as in Antwerp). He died in Diksmuide. This mass is based on the motet of the same name dedicated to the Adoration of the Shepherds.

JACOB CLEMENS non PAPA (1510/15--1555/6):

  • Motet: Pastores quidnam vidistis.
  • Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis.
  • Motet: Pater peccavi.
  • Motet: Ego flos campi.

These performances are by The Tallis Scholars directed by Peter Phillips.

The recording is on the Gimell label (distributed by Harmonia Mundi) and is  #CDGIM 013.

Composer Info

JACOB CLEMENS non PAPA (1510/15--1555/6).

CD Info

CDGIM 013.

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