Obrecht’s Missa Fortuna desperata

Program: #06-04   Air Date: Jan 16, 2006

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This master of the Lowlands is much-beloved among the Dutch early music fans, and the ensemble Odhecaton gives us this grand mass written on a popular tune of the day.

We continue our long and fruitful association with our partners at Radio Netherlands in presenting a series of concerts from the Holland Festival of Early Music at Utrecht. Please visit their web site, which will provide more in-depth information about the music and performers we hear as well as more information about the festival:

NOTE: All of the music on this program is performed by the ensemble Odhecaton directed by Paolo da Col. It is primarily dedicated to composer Jacob Obrecht, who was born c. 1457, studied in Bergen-op-Zoom., and graduated from the University at Leuven. He was master of the children at Cambrai (1484-5), worked at St. Donatien in Bruges, and became choir master at the great cathedral of Antwerp (1491-6). He fell ill (almost retiring) in 1496; in 1503 Petrucci dedicated one of his early mass books to Obrecht. The composer took the job at the Este court in Ferrara vacated by Josquin Des Prez, who left because of the plague. Obrecht died victim of the same plague shortly thereafter (summer of 1505).

Anonymous: Fortuna desperata
(from: ms. 4379, fol. 40v-41, Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris)

Jacob Obrecht (1457/58-1505)

Missa Fortuna desperata

(from: ms. Alpha M.1.2 [1504-5], fol. 86-114r, Biblioteca Estense, Modena)

Giovanni Ambrogio Dalza (active appr.1508)
(lute solo)

Tastar de corde

Recercar dietro

Calata alla spagnola

Pavana alla ferrarese



(from: Intabulatura de lauto Libro IV, Venice, 1508)

Jacob Obrecht (4 voices)

Ave Regina celorum

(from: Canti C, Venice, 1504)

Missa Fortuna desperata

Francesco Spinacino (active appr.1507) (lute)

Benedictus de Isach (Heinrich Isaac)

Christe de si dedero (Jacob Obrecht)

from: Intabulatura de lauto Libro I - Libro II, Venice, 1507)

Jacob Obrecht
Missa Fortuna desperata


Francesco Spinacino

Adieu mes amours

(from: Intabulatura...)

Jacob Obrecht

Parce Domine
(from: Motetti de Passione, Venice, 1503)

Missa Fortuna desperata
Agnus Dei

Composer Info

Jacob Obrecht (1457/58-1505), Francesco Spinacino (active appr.1507)

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