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Fabrice Fitch: Agricola IXc

Agricola IXc is part of a series of related settings for solo wind instruments, which re-interprets the materials from which Agricola IX (for small Renaissance chamber ensemble) is derived. These are taken from the opening phrases of the three upper voices of Johannes Ockeghem’s rondeau Je n’ay dueil que je ne suis morte. The piece is in this sense the mirror image of Alexander Agricola’s own re-working, Je n’ay dueil qui de vous ne viengne, which uses only the opening phrase of Ockeghem’s fourth and lowest voice. In this setting, the song’s phrases are transposed and compressed from into quartertones, in honour of Christopher Redgate’s new oboe.

Chris enjoys playing fast pieces with lots of notes in them. Still, I thought he might enjoy a change.

Born in France, Fabrice Fitch has a dual career, as composer and as a musicologist working in the field of early Renaissance polyphony. 

As composer he has written for, and been performed by ensembles such as Exposé, Capricorn, Exaudi, Fretwork, the Orlando Consort, the Kreutzer String Quartet and Virelai, and by soloists Nicholas Ashton, Peter Hill, Neil Heyde, Christopher Redgate, Julian Warburton, Barrie Webb, among others. His work has been performed and broadcast in Canada and throughout Europe. His agricologies cycle (which includes books for viol consort and for string quartet) is inspired by the music of  Alexander Agricola. He is currently completing a cycle of chamber works based on the work of François Rabelais, and on further additions to the agricologies series. He currently teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester).  fabricefitch.com

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