CD 1: Gregorian Chant - Feast Of Stephen / Marchaut: Chansons
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CD 2: Dufay - Josquin Des Pres - Motets
"motet: a piece of music in several parts with words"
The choir music is difficult to follow. It is tighly set stuff, and I often have no sense of where the piece is headed. Still -- It is clear that this stuff is high art, and very polished.
CD 4: Tallis - Byrd - De Victoria - Palestrina - Allegri
I got totally mixed up and listened to CD 4. It turns out that CD 3 is all about Wind Instruments Shawms and sackbuts and stuff. It is all very loud.
However, CD 4 is more really serious choral music. It got me reading looking back over the history and development of choral music. In particular, I read about Guido de Arezzo, the inventor of Western musical notation. What an incredible historical person! The original seed of Do-Re-Mi and all that is known: A hymn, Ut queant laxis.
By CD 4 we are deep in to William Byrd (1542-1623). This is very technical elaborate gymnastics from the Renaissance. It comes after ~400 years of development.
CD 03: Wind Music From Renaissance Italy
- Franceso Bendusi (~1553)
There is a lot of very expressive music on this disk. It is nice to hear some recorder music at last. I'm starting to get a sense for how recorder music can sound. Other instruments on the disk are sometimes very alien, but they each have their own personality. One gets used to the sound of a proto-bag-pipe. To my ear, instrumental music is more straightforward than choral music.