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Hoquetus: Medieval European Vocal Music Import

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Ostensibly a study in the art of mostly vocal compositions based on the practice of hocketing, this excursion by Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices goes well beyond a study of technique. It's a breathtaking glide through ancient music, to be sure, but it's also a fascinating look at how relatively late medievalists such as Guillaume de Machaut advanced musical processes documented in the Bamberg, Montpellier, Faenza, and Ivrea codices as well as in a variety of other collections. Hocketing is the process whereby multiple voices carry multiple parts simultaneously, with one voice extending beneath another, often providing a melodic backbone for improvisation. On Hillier's sonically peerless collection, you get almost ostentatious slipperiness on the low-register vocal in a 14th-century homage to St. Thomas (à Becket), and then you get a 13th-century piece from the Montpellier Codex in which a dizzying pair of upper-register voices sings in hockets while a lower-register chant continues beneath, almost viscerally piling polyphony. Hillier has excelled at what could have been an academic mission, and he's contributed a great deal to making the history of musical development poignantly beautiful. In addition, four organ solos fall into the sequencing of vocal tracks, allowing points of rest for the ear following the multitude of voices and thrilling keyboard examples, to boot. --Andrew Bartlett

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hoquetus: In seculum 'Longum'
  2. Hoquetus: In seculum 'Viellatoris'
  3. Hoquetus: In Secelum 'Breve'
  4. Hoquetus: In seculum 'D'Amiens longum'
  5. Hoquetus: Iam nubes dissolvitur-Solem
  6. Hoquetus: Entre Adan et Hanikel-Chies bien seans
  7. Hoquetus: Je n'amerai I
  8. Hoquetus: Je n'amerai II
  9. Hoquetus: Ave maris stella (Organ Solo)
  10. Hoquetus: Tous corps qui-De souspirant cuer
  11. Hoquetus: Musicalis sciencia-Sciencie laudabili
  12. Hoquetus: Or sus, vous dormes trop (Organ Solo)
  13. Hoquetus: Ave rex gentis Anglorum
  14. Hoquetus: Deus tourum militum-De flore martyrum
  15. Hoquetus: Ave miles celestis-Ave rex patrone
  16. Hoquetus: Beata viscera
  17. Hoquetus: Thomas gemma Cantuarie-Thomas cesus in Doveria
  18. Hoquetus: Doleo super te-Absolon, fili mi
  19. Hoquetus: Epiphaniam domino canamus-Balaam inquit
  20. Hoquetus: Campanis cum cymbalis-Honoremus dominam
  21. Hoquetus: sangilio (Organ Solo)
  22. Hoquetus: Vanecie mundi splendor-Michael qui Stena domus
  23. Hoquetus: Amor mi fa cantar
  24. Hoquetus: O zentil madona mia
  25. Hoquetus: Per larghi prati
  26. Hoquetus: 'Mediolano' Sanctus
  27. Hoquetus: Cum martelli-La manta
  28. Hoquetus: Benedicamus domino (Organ Solo)
  29. Hoquetus: Ut te per omnes celitus-Ingens alumnus Padue

Product Details

  • Performer: Theatre Of Voices
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Audio CD (May 11, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B00000IXTP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Benzing on February 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Although this well documented and superbly performed CD is intended as an academic demonstration of the ars antiqua practice of hocketing, it also makes for a nice late evening relaxation piece. The vocal acrobatics are nicely alternated with some atmospheric organ pieces from the same era.
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