Sunday, 8/11/2024
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Ensemble Gilles Binchois
Dominique Vellard, Conductor

Pérotin, also known as “Magister Perotinus”, the most significant composer of the Notre-Dame school

The School of Notre Dame is one of the most fascinating and successful phenomena in the history of Western music, and can be considered the greatest French composition school of all time. Like all significant creations in Western music, it demonstrates an ideal balance between tradition and modernity: it uses Gregorian modality, builds upon earlier polyphonic experiences, and anticipates the new. This unique melting pot, which brings together all the elements necessary for an exceptional creation, was the leading light of Europe for almost a hundred years.

Perotin, considered the leading master of this Parisian repertoire, can be seen as the first composer in the Western sense of the term: he utilized the legacy of Leonin and, for the first time in music history, demonstrated a desire to master the structure and balance of melodic formulas in the various voices. For example, in his organa, we experience the actual birth of musical lines that form the basis of Western melodic equilibrium.

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