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Jean de Castro. Opera omnia

Jean de Castro. Opera omnia

Editor: I. Bossuyt

Sonets, avec une chanson... livre premier (1592); Chansons, stanses, sonets, et epigrammes... livre second (1592),
Leuven, 1993, 139 pp.
Bicinia seu duarum vocum cantiones aliquot sacrae... (1593),
Leuven, 1993, 95 pp.
Il primo libro di madrigali, canzoni e motetti a tre voci... (1569),
1995, 188 pp.
4 Triciniorum sacrorum... liber unus (1574),
1997, 181 pp.
Jean de Castro. Tricinia, CD-ROM with edition of the tricinia, with comment

Editors: I. Bossuyt, S. Bull, W. De Wyngaert
Leuven, 2000, c. 1200 pp.
Jean de Castro belongs, together with the celebrated triumvirate Orlandus Lassus (1532–1594), Philippus de Monte (1521–1603) and Giaches de Wert (1536–1596), to the fifth generation of Franco-Flemish polyphonists, which carried the ‘ars perfecta’ of ‘classical' polyphony to its final brilliant culmination. in his varied oeuvre, four of the then most popular genres are represented: the Latin mass and motet, the French chanson and the Italian madrigal. Jean de Castro is credited with about 420 compositions for three to eight voices, published between 1569 and 1634 in some thirty individual collections and in a number of anthologies by leading printers in several countries. In particular, he championed the three-voice composition, using it to create ingenious reworkings of the best known works of the day.

De Castro’s oeuvre has hitherto only been partially available in modern editions. A complete edition of the works of Jean de Castro was initiated by the Leuven University Press in 1993, with four printed volumes appearing between 1993 and 1997. In order to make his tricinia more rapidly available to musicologists and musicians alike, it was decided to bring together on a single CD-ROM all nine volumes of three-voice compositions by Jean de Castro, spanning thirty years, from his debut in 1569 to the presumably final print during his lifetime, the three-voice masses of 1599:

Il primo libro di madrigali, canzoni e motetti a tre voci,
Antwerp, widow de Laet, 1569.
Triciniorum sacrorum ... liber unus,
Leuven, Pierre Phalèse en Jean Bellère, 1574.
Livre de chansons ... à troys parties,
Paris, Adrian le Roy en Robert Ballard, 1575.
4 Second livre de chansons, madrigalz et motetz à trois parties,
Paris, Adrian le Roy en Robert Ballard, 1580.
5 Madrigali ... à tre voci,
Antwerp, Pierre Phalèse (jr.) en Jean Bellère, 1588.
6 Rose fresche. Madrigali novi ... a tre voci,
Venice, Ricciardo Amadino, 1591.
7 Cantiones aliquot sacrae trium vocum ...,
Cologne, Gerhard Grevenbruch, 1593.
8 Trium vocum cantiones aliquot sacrae ...,
Cologne, Gerhard Grevenbruch, 1596.
9 Missae tres, trium vocum ...,
Cologne, Gerhard Grevenbruch, 1599.

The issuing of a complete works edition in this way offers an easy-to-use format, making accessible almost one thousand pages of music plus documentation, including text translations, scholarly introductions and an extensive bibliography. The music can be searched, printed out and even listened to (in seventeen live recordings of representative works, recorded especially for this edition by leading early music players and singers). The CD-ROM is bilingual, in English and Dutch, with all the introductory texts given in the two languages. the translations of the dedications and of the original Latin, French and Italian texts of De Castro's tricinia are in English only. The edition was made in Adobe pdf (portable document format). Acrobat Reader 4.0 is included on the CD-ROM. Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

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