Intemerata Dei Mater - Score and parts composed by Johannes Ockeghem (1410-1497). For SATTB instruments; or SATTB voices; or SATTB recorders. Miscellaneous Music, Recorder Quintets. Choral or Vocal Music. Score and Parts. Published by London Pro Musica (MM.LPM0523).
A substantial work with some marvellously long lines. This motet by Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) is printed here after MS Chigiana C VIII 234 in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana in Rome.
This piece includes fleeting quotes from two of Ockeghem's own works: the opening quotes the opening motive of his "Missa Mi-Mi", and the duple-time section quotes "Fors seulement". The style of the music is typical of Ockeghem, with its long melismatic and flexible melodies and extremely restricted use of imitation. It is a kind of music that virtually disappeared after the composer's death, and one that could sound aimless in the hands of a less gifted composer. BT.