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Male


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La Haye


Birthday:

February 26


Intérêt principal (principal interest)

Ars nova


Présentation: travaux et (ou) intérêts (Presentation: works and (or) interests)

I'm a singer and a PhD student at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, which has a doctoral research programme for musicians. The subject of my research is different techniques of oral (not to say "improvised") polyphony that where applied to chant, know amongst others as contrapunctus, cantus super librum and discantus. My research centres around the application of information found in sources into singing, and a reflection on how such skills can be best acquired.


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Niels Berentsen replied to Oliver Gerlach's discussion "Rethinking the Medieval Frontier" (Call for papers) British Academy / University of Leeds 2018
"Would be ideal for something on Torino J.ii.9 or other geographically "liminal" repertoires."
Jan 5, 2018
Niels Berentsen commented on Niels Berentsen's video
"Yes, I actually think this piece is quite close to what is described by Petrus dictus palma ociosa. I refer there to the principle of "adjacent consonances" ("species vicinori") which is explained in a number of 13th, 14th and 15th century treatises…"
Oct 10, 2017
Niels Berentsen commented on Niels Berentsen's video
"Thank you Oliver! We may at some point perform the whole mass. My starting point was that - even if the Franconian sections - are in a 13th century idiom, they might have been updated to reflect a more 14th century taste, hense all the ficta."
Oct 9, 2017
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"Thanks for satisfying the curiosity of yours truly :)"
Jul 17, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"They do make a nice cross shape indeed. Could be interesting to check these other sources, to see if - conceivably - there are missing parts."
Jul 17, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"Maybe the voice I labeled 'tenor', which is also the one from Prague, circulated as a monophic piece? (Or did I miss that you also found the other voice in AH?)"
Jul 17, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"Perhaps Ulrike Hasche-Burger could say a bit more about this, but this type of 'semi-mensural' repetoire from the Low Countries is very conservative, in other words it might be 15th century as well. From the counterpoint I find it hard to tell."
Jul 17, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"Last version of my transcription: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25848931/Puer%20Natus02.pdf
It's a nice little piece!"
Jul 16, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"Brussels Ms. II 270, fol. 137v-138r ("Handschrift Koning"). A similar kind of notation with minims and puncta instead of semibreves and breves."
Jul 16, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"Perhaps this could be another solution for b. 15-17. I'm not sure, as it means interpreting one of these virga as a minim and the other not."
Jul 16, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"[Update] OK. If we assume this is homorhythmic (at least that syllables fall on the same place) this should be the result approximately.
To me it looks rather fifteenth century, especially if I'm right about that dot in b. 16, what do you all think?…"
Jul 16, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"For a comparison, see for instance this piece from the so-called "Handschrift Tongeren" (ca 1480)"
Jul 16, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Utrecht : new source polyphonic of Puer natus in Bethleem in Ars nova et Ars subtilior
"This kind of mixed notation very often appears in sources of the Devotio Moderna. 
It looks like a typical devotional song in triple time (double dots are equivalent to imperfect breves).
Is anyone attemption a transcription?"
Jul 16, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Christoph Dohrmann's discussion Some FUNDAMENTAL abuses and changes in the approach towards performance practice in Performance Practice
"Christoph, thanks for sharing your ideas. Unfortunately I have to disagree with the tenor of your post. Firstly you posit a lot of "has and need to's" for performers of medieval repertoires. On a very basic level musicians don't need to do any of…"
Mar 19, 2016
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Hymnes rythmés dans un manuscrit de 1495 in Mensuralistes
"I think in this source the main issue is what to count as an upbeat, and (by consequence) which longa should "have" a point. For instance the "a solis ortus", I would be tempted to start that with an upbeat, but treat the first longa (A) as a…"
May 27, 2013
Niels Berentsen replied to Dominique Gatté's discussion Hymnes rythmés dans un manuscrit de 1495 in Mensuralistes
"Très intéressant! Il y a quelques ambiguïtés dans cette notation, mais il me semble que c'est tout en mesure binaire. "
May 25, 2013
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