Jacobus Clemens “non Papa” (c.1510/5-1555/6)

 

Jacobus Clemens “non Papa” was one of the finest composers of the 16th century, being highly regarded in his lifetime and published throughout Europe in a variety of musical styles, both sacred and secular. Yet today he remains a somewhat unknown and underrated figure, known more for his nickname “non Papa” than his music. Little is known about his life (though unusually for a Flemish composer, he seems not to have travelled to Italy) and how he acquired his nickname is also something of a mystery. It has been suggested that it was to distinguish him from Pope Clement VII on account of Clemens’ immoral behaviour. Alternatively, it could have been to differentiate him from Jacobus Papa, a poet active in Ypres. His music stands out from his contemporaries – particularly the slightly older Nicolas Gombert – through his use of sudden changes of texture or harmony, lending it an overall more expressive quality than other Flemish music of the time.

Clemens non Papa Angelus Domini a4 image
Clemens non Papa Angelus Domini a5
Clemens non Papa Missa Caro mea image
Clemens non Papa Dum complerentur image

Angelus Domini ad pastores ait
a4 – 
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Angelus Domini ad pastores ait
a5 – 
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Missa Caro mea –
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Dum complerentur dies Pentecostes – AATBarB or SSATB

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Clemens non Papa Missa Ecce quam bonum image
Clemens non Papa Ego flos campi image
Clemens non Papa Missa Gaude lux
Clemens non Papa Heu mihi image

Missa Ecce quam bonum –
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Ego flos campi –
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Missa Gaude lux donatiane –
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Heu mihi, Domine –
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Job tonso capite –
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Pastores, quidnam vidistis –
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Missa Pastores,
quidnam vidistis –

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Peccantem me quotidie –
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Super ripam Jordanis –
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Veni electa mea –
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Missa Virtute magna –
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Vox in Rama –
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