The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips



Josquin des Prez

Missa "L'homme armé" super voces musicales

Josquin des Prez

Missa "L'homme armé" sexti toni

Approximate running time: 1h 30m with one intermission

Settings Based on the Same Melody


Josquin des Prez, the leading composer of the early Renaissance in Europe, died on August 27, 1521. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the composer’s death and to close the season, the Tallis Scholars and their music director Peter Phillips, acclaimed around the world for their standard-setting performances of Josquin’s works, bring an extraordinary project to the Pierre Boulez Saal: Over the course of four days, they will perform Josquin’s complete masses in what will be the ensemble’s first-ever cyclical presentation of these works.


The French chanson L’homme armé was by far the most popular melody in Renaissance Europe around the year 1500. At least 31 mass settings are based on it, including two masses by Josquin: starting from the same material in his Missa "L’homme armé" super voces musicales and Missa "L’homme armé" sexti toni, he ended up with two entirely different yet equally astonishing masterpieces.