Secret Motets Recording Project

For our next recording project, we are collaborating with Dr Daniel Trocmé-Latter (University of Cambridge) to bring to life a mysterious motet anthology from the late 1530s.


Daniel Trocmé-Latter's research has shed light on a collection sacred music that was assembled by the Milanese composer Hermann Matthias Werrecore and sent to the publisher Protestant Peter Schoeffer in Strasbourg where it was printed in a set of five partbooks (see image on the right). 


The repertoire in these partbooks therefore only crossed the Alps, but became cross-confessional, travelling from staunchly Catholic Milan to newly Protestant Strasbourg. This invites the question: what was the purpose of publishing a motet book in a German imperial city where Latin choral singing no longer took place? 


Our recording will showcase works from this puzzling volume, which includes motets by well-known composers Nicolas Gombert, Jacquet of Mantua, Jacques Arcadelt and Adrian Willaert, but also presents some little-known names such as Simon Ferrariensis and the enigmatic Johannes Sarton. 

We want to get this music and the fascinating story behind it the recognition it deserves. To help us make this happen, we need your help. Below are a list of possible contributions you could make to the project, and ways we will have of saying thank you!

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