Het Retorisch Kwartet

‘The rhetorical quartet’ is an early music vocal quartet based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
17 January 2016
Pipelare, de La Rue, de Sermisy, Willaert, de Rore, Marenzio & Sweelinck

On 17 January 2016 Het Retorisch Kwartet will perform a concert at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, inspired by the exhibition From Bosch to Breughel. The quartet will, of course, sing music from the same period, showing how the madrigal evolved at the time. For example, while notes and lyrics were initially two separate elements in this form of art song, the notes later became a musical interpretation of the text. By the end of the sixteenth century they merge into a single unit.

Het Retorisch Kwartet will sing in various locations around the museum, performing music by Matthew Pipelare, Pierre de la Rue (a contemporary of Hieronymus Bosch), Cypriano de Rore, Adriaen Willaert, Claudin de Sermisy, Luca Marenzio and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. Although we start in the Netherlands, a madrigal programme requires a visit to Italy, where Marenzio lived, where Willaert and De Rore worked, and where the art of the madrigal flourished. The programme ends with a return to the Netherlands and a delightful secular song by Sweelinck: Tes Beaux Yeux.

  • 14:00-15:00, Sunday, 17 January 2016, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museumpark 18-20, 3015 CX Rotterdam


  • Een vrouelic wesen - Matthew Pipelare (c. 1450 – c. 1515)
  • Het molenarinneken - Matthew Pipelare
  • Myn hert altyd heeft verlanghen - Pierre de La Rue (c. 1460 – 1518)
  • Autant en emporte le vent - Pierre de La Rue
  • Jouyssance vous donnerai - Claudin de Sermisy (1490 – 1562)
  • Sempre mi ride - Adriaen Willaert (1490 – 1562)
  • Beato mi direi - Cipriano de Rore (1515 – 1665)
  • Amor ben mi credevo - Cipriano de Rore
  • Ben qui si mostra il ciel - Cipriano de Rore
  • Dissi a l’amata mia - Luca Marenzio (1556 - 1599)
  • Vezzosi Augelli - Luca Marenzio
  • Tes Beaux Yeux - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621)