The Q15 manuscript contains examples of almost every conceivable musical genre of the 15th Century by a vast array of composers. The Clerks' Group has chosen to perform works by a single composer - Guillaume Dufay, but still the variety of forms and styles on offer is bewildering.
Dufay was a composer who witnessed and contributed to most of the revolutionary changes to occur in music composition in the 15th century.
The album includes some of the earlier works so often neglected from Dufay's repertoire, and goes on to explore compositions that demonstrate this revolutionary genius. Some compositional techniques celebrated by The Clerks' Group's performance include the playful exchange of Dufay's song-like melodies between the vocal lines; and the use of mensural canon, where the same melody is sung by all voices but at slightly different speeds.
These are just a few examples of the radical nature of Dufay's music as demonstrated on this recording.
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