Bio-Bibliography In Music

Project coordinator: Bruno Bouckaert
Project collaborator: Sofie Taes
Duration: 01.01.2007 - 30.06.2007

The papal chapel was one of the most important and most influential musical institutions in Medieval and Renaissance Western Europe. Famous composers such as Josquin, Arcadelt, Conseil, Festa, Morales and Palestrina sang in or composed music for the papal choir.

The elaborate report “Hodie Papa voluit habere missam: Muziek in de pauselijke kapel” (“Hodie Papa voluit habere missam: Music in the Papal Chapel), written in July 2007 for the Flanders Festival - Antwerp - Laus Polyphoniae 2009, focuses on these, and many other talented musicians who were part of the “Cappella Sistina” from its earliest days (Schola Cantorum, the papal chapel in Avignon, the chapel during the Great Western Schism, …), during the magnificent pontificates of Leo X and Clement VII, until the early 17th Century, when the repertoire of the chapel started to petrify and the “Golden Age” of the papal singers had come to an end.

Included in this report is a view on the history of the chapel as an institution, its repertoire, performance practice, important sources etc.

To conclude this study, the author suggests a number of concert themes and -programmes focusing on different aspects of the papal chapel.


TAES, S., Hodie Papa voluit habere missam: Muziek in de pauselijke kapel. Study for Laus Polyphoniae 2009, presented by the Alamire Foundation, commissionned by Flanders Festival - Antwerp, Leuven, 2007.

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American composer George Gershwin, an icon of the American Jazz Age, indelibly marked 20th-century music, with many of his works becoming standards in the popular and jazz music repertory, not to mention his world-famous classical works such as Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and Porgy and Bess (1935). This major bibliography includes a brief biography, which examines Gershwin's influence and situates him within the cultural context of his time, a complete cross-reference list of all his compositions, a discography of more than 1,150 items, and a descriptive filmography. The extensive bibliography includes writings by both George and his brother Ira, and more than 2,100 entries about George's compositions.

As an exhaustive research tool, this up-to-date bibliographic reference compiles information on George Gershwin from numerous, disparate sources and should appeal to music and theater scholars, cultural historians, and Gershwin enthusiasts alike. The work is divided among seven sections that cross-reference one another. A separate appendix lists itineraries for the Paul Whiteman tours of 1924-1925, and the Leo Reisman tour of 1934, at which Gershwin's music figured prominently, and a comprehensive index completes the volume.

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