Johannes Ockeghem. Requiem (Missa pro Defunctis), for voices (introit, Kyrie, gradual, offertory only). Composition Information ↓; Description. Requiem, by Johannes Ockeghem (c. – ), is a polyphonic setting of the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass It is probably the earliest surviving polyphonic. Top billing goes to the Requiem, Ockeghem's most widely recorded work and perhaps his most enigmatic piece, stylistically very wide-ranging and diverse.


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It is interesting that a singer would have been entrusted with this job. It may imply a close relationship ockeghem requiem the King of France. Ockeghem's Music A very small number of Ockeghem's scores still exist, and there is a great deal of debate about how they should be counted.


By one reckoning there are 15 Catholic Masses, 22 chansons French songs about topics such as love and chivalryand four motets sacred ockeghem requiem in Latin.

Ockeghem's style is marked by very long polyphonic vocal lines.

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Polyphonic music has more than one melody ockeghem requiem at the same time. This creates a dense texture with voices weaving in, out, and around each other. Ockeghem was also notable for his unification of the sections of the Mass.

The Catholic Mass has several parts, at least five and possibly many more depending upon the service, and it was common for composers to set each part individually, as a standalone piece. Ockeghem requiem cervus desiderat Offertorium: It is difficult to decide which to praise more highly: Fors seulement inspired a flowering of astonishing pieces scored for very low voices initiated, it appears, by the composer himself: Ockeghem 's choice of mensurations key signatures demonstrate a bravura facility in compositional varietas, combining different signatures in different voices simultaneously, and requiring the Contratenor to sing in every possible mensuration in succession.

The Introit also stands a bit aloof from the rest of the movements, being constructed in four-voiced texture throughout, entirely in simple chordal harmonies. Apparently, the beginning of ockeghem requiem a solemn occasion as a funeral or obituary deserves the utmost in reflective propriety.

A heavenly choir follows, singing four of the master's Masses, including this Requiem; the choirboys are asked, in propriety, to sing Requiem ockeghem requiem.