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Out of the Shadows: Sacred Music of Francisco Guerrero and Thomas Crecquillon

by King Solomon's Singers

Exquisite Renaissance polyphony from two underperformed masters, including never-before-recorded works.
Genre: Classical: Renaissance
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Album Notes
In their lifetimes, Francisco Guerrero and Thomas Crecquillon were
among the most popular and acclaimed composers of the 16th century. In
the intervening years, however, Guerrero has been eclipsed in stature
among Spanish Renaissance composers by his contemporary Victoria;
Crecquillon, meanwhile, has disappeared almost entirely, with his
greatest works surviving mostly as misattributions to better-known
composers such as Clemens non Papa and Morales. Here we present a
range of sacred works by both composers, including some of their most
well-known compositions as well as pieces that may not have been heard
by audiences in hundreds of years.

Crecquillon, the earlier of the two composers whose works we present
here, was choirmaster at the Imperial Chapel and unofficial court
composer for Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. He belongs to the
generation of Franco-Flemish composers immediately following Josquin,
a generation in which the art of imitative polyphony was raised to
arguably its highest state. Crecquillon's skill in polyphonic writing
was widely recognized in his lifetime and immediately thereafter-a
collection of motets published in 1576 calls him "the most celebrated
master" of Charles V's court, and many great composers of his and the
following generation wrote parody masses on melodies of
Crecquillon's. It is not clear why Crecquillon's music has been
largely neglected in the resurgence of interest in Franco-Flemish
polyphony, as its beauty and skill in counterpoint hold up admirably
in comparison to music of contemporaries such as Gombert and Clemens
non Papa.

One composer of the late 16th century who found Crequillon's melodies
worthy of incorporating in his own music was the Spaniard Francisco
Guerrero. Of the eighteen settings of the mass Guerrero produced, one
of the most successful is the Missa Congratulamini mihi, based on the
Crecquillon motet of that name, which we include on this
recording. Guerrero was a prodigy, graduating from choirboy at
Seville, where he was born, to choirmaster at Jaen [needs diacritic]
while still in his teens. He soon returned to Seville with the promise
of eventually succeeding to the post of choirmaster there. Despite
having apparently obtained his dream job, Guerrero seemed to have a
great curiosity about the world at large and spent many years away
from his post traveling, which included a remarkable visit to the Holy
Land that culminated in his capture and ransom by pirates. His
published account of this journey became almost as popular as his
music. As a composer, he was perhaps best known in his lifetime for
his deeply felt settings of Marian texts, which earned him the
sobriquet "El Cantor de Maria." In the initial revival of interest in
sacred Renaissance polyphony in the mid- to late 20th century,
Guerrero's music was mostly neglected in favor of that of his
contemporary and countryman Tomas [needs diacritic] Luis de Victoria;
in recent years, however, many significant performances and recordings
have begun to redress this imbalance.

- Tom Crawford, 2013

King Solomon's Singers:

Heather Ahrenholz Michael Byrley Tom Crawford Tamara Ghattas Jessica Melger Stephanie Sheffield
William Bouvel William Chin Matthew Dean Amy Mantrone Peter Olson

King Solomon's Singers is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of
Renaissance polyphony and chant. The members of the ensemble are
professional and semi-professional singers from the Chicago
area-members of ensembles such as Chicago Chorale, Schola Antiqua of
Chicago, The Oriana Singers, The Chicago Early Music Consort, and
Chicago a cappella-who share a love of this particular repertoire. For
more information, visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Special Thanks:
This recording is dedicated to Robert and Susan Crawford, who made it possible.



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