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  • presumably World first recording of 12 recently discovered renaissance Chansons
    presents encouraged by Clemens Goldberg and based on the recent edition by the Goldbergstiftung ( in a digital Interpretation- experiment the presumable first Recording of the 12 franco-flemish renaissance chansons which were completly unknow before they were 2015 discovered in the Leuven-Chansonnier manuscript from the 15th century.

    In this experiment the 12 Chansons are digitally realised in up to 7 different historicly imaginable instrumentations. One of my favourit libraries used in that project is the Zink/Cornet from the  VSL-Historic-Winds II.

    OK this is very early music  but just listen what is possible with good samplelibraries, ( and what might be possible with more and better Libraries ;-) )

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    Hello Steffen,

    This is the very first time I hear renaissance music with samples. We're of course used to listening to Paul Van Nevel (and his Huelgas Ensemble) or to many renaisance performers in my country (Flandern). It sounds a bit technical, but as a new approach I like your attempts a lot. That music is usually performed 'parlando or retoric' which makes all the difference. You come very close, also with the instruments sounding delicately in the background, so that the voices dominate as they should. Very nice!

    Which voices did you use? (A vowel solo library?)



    PS: I have arranged more than 100 dances and airs from the 17th and 18th century, found in the Flemish libraries. They mostly only provide a single melody line and rarely some continuo hints. There's so much to be discovered in the Flemish and French archives (many scores and parts were stolen during the French Revolution and Napoleon occupation and transeferred to Paris...). Here is one example, lately set to samples.

  • I confess it is "a bit" audacious to go that far back in musical history, but I was asked by someone who just edited ths newly discovered music, what I thought was at least a very interesting and challenging task for the ability of samplelibraries. (And a very welcom chance to test the beautiful Renaissance Cornet from the VSL historic winds)

    Yes I use in this project nearly only Solovoice libraries which at least was able to follow the colours of the text at least a bit. (I cant stop emphazising how much I am waiting for the missing Vowels which would allow the wonderful musical VSL-Voices to follow the musical colours Text.

    Here I used a Tenor and a Countertenor-Libraire from E.Tarilonte and the Soloists of Prague by virharmonic.

    Oh I see I stept directly in the wonders of belgian musical history which was in 15th century one of the most important in europe. I am glad that you also try to discover its hidden treasures, the dance you rendered with VSL is of course very joyful and proofs, that belgium kept musical interesting throught the centuries.

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