Capella Alamire

Capella Alamire was formed in 1984 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the purpose of exploring the repertoire of the Renaissance. The word Alamire is a solmization term for the pitch A, sung as la, mi, or re; it was also the pseudonym of a Flemish music scribe employed by the Habsburg court at the beginning of the 16th century in the region of present-day Belgium and northern France, an area that produced many of the greatest composers and singers of the time. The majority of our concerts have been centered on repertoire by Franco-Flemish composers: Josquin DesPrez (Missae De beata Virgine, Malheur me bat, L'ami baudechon), Johannes Ockeghem (Missae L'homme armé, Fors seulement, Cuiusvis toni), Antoine Busnoys, Pierre de la Rue, Heinrich Isaac, and Nicholas Gombert. Capella Alamire has released seven CD recordings to date and has an eighth one in process. 

  • Capella's Recordings: Information on the Capella's recordings.
  • Sharps and Flats: More on Peter Urquhart's scholarly work, including the recordings that support his articles and the book Sound and Sense...

For more information about Capella Alamire, contact the director, Peter Urquhart, at peter.urquhart@unh.edu, 603-862-3257.
Mail: Music Department, PCAC, University of New Hampshire, Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824