Tempus Perfectum

The term tempus perfectum refers to a specific metrical division prevalent in compositions written during the 15th and 16th centuries, the basic premise of which being that a 'breve' (the base note value) be divided into three 'semibreves'. The 'three in one' principle is easily identifiable with the Holy Trinity, thus the term 'perfect meter'. So composers would use this triple meter extensively in response to the perfection of the Trinity. This programme explores different composers use of this metric tool.

Includes works by: Dufay, Obrecht, Martini, Vaet, Lassus, Tye