2 Ricercari on Ave Maris Stella - Score and parts composed by Brumel. For 4 instruments. Miscellaneous Music. Score and Parts. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.LPM0208).
These two ricercari on the plainsong hymn Ave mans Stella are taken from the Bourdeney Codex (Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, Res Vma mus 851), a manuscript written in the second half of the sixteenth century in northern Italy probably in the region around Ravenna. The Bourdeney Codex is a collection of over 400 pieces written in score. The majority of the pieces are motets, but there is a group of rather substantial ricercars, most of which are probably by Giaches Brumel, who worked in Ferrara as an organist from 1532 to his death in 1564. For much of this time he was working under the great Cipriano de Rore, and in fact the Bourdeney Codex contains a five-part ricercar on that composer's madrigal Canti mentre charsi . The ricercari in the Bourdeney Codex that are probably by Brumel are notable for the way the composer develops elements from his cantus firmus, certainly that printed here is highly polished treatment of the given melody. - BT.