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The Pierre Boulez Saal’s Online Art Guide Presents Renaissance Music and Works from the Gemäldegalerie


From 13 to 16 July 2022, the settings of the mass by Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez (1450–1521) are the focus of an eight-part concert series at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal. Leading up to the live performances, an extensive online platform is introducing the composer and his world. In addition to the music, it also explores connections to the visual arts of the time in a digital museum tour presenting numerous works from the Gemäldegalerie Berlin (Old Master Paintings).

Josquin des Prez, possibly the leading European composer of the 15th century, already enjoyed the acclaim of his contemporaries, who addressed him by his iconic first name, Josquin. His mastery and innovative development of the compositional techniques of his time brought unprecedented depth and breathtaking beauty to the vocal polyphony of the Franco-Flemish school.

Online Platform about Renaissance Music and Painting

An extensive online platform offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves digitally in Josquin’s music and world. In addition to enjoying award-winning recordings of the composer’s masses by The Tallis Scholars, as well as essays and podcasts, they can join Peter Phillips on an online tour as he explores parallels and connections between the period’s music and painting, drawing upon numerous masterpieces from the Gemäldegalerie collection by Rogier van der Weyden, Hugo van der Goes, Hans Memling and others.

Concert Project at the Pierre Boulez Hall

From 13 to 16 July 2022, the Pierre Boulez Saal is celebrating the composer with an extraordinary concert project. The Tallis Scholars and their music director Peter Phillips, who have set standards in the interpretation and performance of Josquin’s music like no other ensemble, will perform all 18 of the composer’s settings of the mass.