Requiem for one who burned

Josquin de Prez – Miserere

Classical & Opera Diary 1

I’m presently rehearsing “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, playing the terrible Catholic arch deacon Claude Frollo. The plot is set in a time where women were accused of witchery and burned on the stake along with insurgents speaking up against the church – in 1482, only two years before the abominable Giovanni Battista Cybo was elected Pope Innocent VIII and approved the Malleus Maleficarum.

One of the insurgents who departed from life through immolation was the reformer Girolamo Savonarola, who was posthumously honored by Josquin de Prez in his beautiful “Miserere”.

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