Piet Swerts, PhD in the Arts
How does a contemporary composer intercommunicate with music from the past? To what
extent can polyphonic compositional techniques of the renaissance be applicated into the personal musical language? Five Lhomme armé>-Masses (Josquin> (2), de la Rue> (2), Compère>) were utilized in this comparative study as case studies for the sake of their many-sided counterpointical
treatment of this famous melody. Furthermore, analysis, interviews and profound study of secundary literature are the means of this comparative research of the 20th and 21rst century works which were also inspired by the same melody: it concerns the Missa Quinque super lhomme armé> (Manneke, Vermeeren, DHollander, De Ley, Van Reyn>, 2004), Peter Maxwell Davies Missa super Lhomme armé> (1968-1971), Karl Jenkins The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace> (1999) and Christopher Marshalls Lhomme armé Variations> (2003).The completion of an artistic portfolio with five new compositions stands for the musical reflection upon this study: an oratorio Heilige Seelenlust, Antifona> for fanfare, Ma fin est mon commencement> forensemble, Agnus Dei> for four voices and instruments andfinally 24 Emulations upon Lhomme armé> for pianosolo are the symbiosis of all acquired insights and formulate a final answer with regard to the question of finding an alternative model for a longer piece of music. The process of these findings are stated in this extended dissertation.
Research Unit: Music & Drama
Duration: completed 2011