Personalities | Clemens non Papa | Renaissance | Classical

(Kle’-menz nôn Pa’-pa) c. 1510–55
Franco-Flemish composer

His given name was Jacob Clemens, and it is not known how he came to be called Clemens non Papa (one translation of ‘non papa’ is ‘not the pope’ – a rather unlikely mistake). He composed some works in his native Dutch, the best-known of which are the souterliedekens. These three-voice, mostly homophonic settings of the psalms illustrate the spreading use of the vernacular in worship during the first half of the sixteenth century. In contrast, his Masses and motets have Latin texts and are densely polyphonic, with long, melismatic lines.

Recommended Recording:
Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis, Motets, Tallis Scholars (dir) Peter Phillips (Gimell)

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