It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Alexander Agricola

1446 - August 15, 1506
born in Ghent, Belgium, composed during the Renaissance period
Franco-Flemish composer and viol player Alexander Agricola was one of the main figures among composers in the early middle Renaissance, his popularity being counted in his time as second only to that of Josquin. Agricola's birth date is adjudged to 1446 owing to the text of a motet, written more than 30 years after he died, which identifies Agricola as 60 years of age at death. This estimate, however, is debatable and could be off by some years. The place of his birth has been established incontestably as Ghent, and his true name was Alexander Ackerman, later Latinized as "Agricola" in keeping with a trend of that time. Agricola isn't mentioned in any known documents until 1475, when his presence is recorded in Cambrai Cathedral, along with his earliest known composition, the motet Gaudent in celis. Nearly two decades pass until he is referred to again, in a letter of French king Charles VIII to Florentine noble Pietro de Medici, requesting Agricola's return to the French court in June 1492. Documents show that Agricola was loaned out in such fashion to the Florentine and Neapolitan courts throughout the early 1490s, notwithstanding the influence of Girolamo Savonarola and the outbreak of the First Italian War. It is surmised that he returned to Ghent in 1499 on the occasion of his mother's death, and in November 1505 Agricola joined the court of Burgundian born heir to the Spanish throne Philip I of Castile. Unfortunately, in August 1506 Agricola fell prey to the same "raging fever," probably typhus and not the black death which is sometimes given as cause, which claimed his employer a mere month later.

It is not known where, or with whom, Agricola gained his musical education. The notion that he spent some time in the Milanese court chapel in the early 1470s, which would have brought Agricola into direct contact with the "Milanese"Josquin, is not reliable. Agricola's more certain connection to the French court of 1490 and before would have brought him into the orbit of Johannes Ockeghem, and this seems to make more sense in light of Agricola's own stylistic preferences. About those preferences, musicologists are divided as to whether Agricola's unique approach represents a radical or conservative viewpoint in relation to his contemporaries, but the vacillating fortunes of his most famous colleague, Josquin, have tended to retroactively affect this evaluation. In his own time and in the sixteenth century to follow, Agricola's work was considered "unusual, crazy, and strange." Nonetheless, it was held in very high regard; a cycle of Agricola's mass settings made up the sixth printed volume of polyphonic music devoted to a single composer, issued by Ottaviano Petrucci in 1505. Among his eight surviving mass settings, his Missa "In myne zin" is one of the longest and most extensive of the era, even though it lacks the "Sanctus." Agricola contributed more than 80 secular songs and instrumental works to the repertoire. Of these, the six-part song Fortuna desperata, the four-part Je n'ay deuil, and the three-part Rondeaux En actendant were probably the best known in their time. Most of Agricola's secular works were probably composed before 1480.

Agricola's work appeared in a highly problematical modern edition in the 1960s; it does not upgrade the note values to modern standards, among other concerns. This is probably the reason why his music is so seldom performed and recorded, even though in terms of quantity, quality, and stylistic consistency Agricola's output is comparable to that of his probable master, Ockeghem. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis , Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Alexander Agricola: Missa in Myne Zyn

Title: In Minen Zin, Chanson For 3 Voices
Title: Work(s)
Title: In Minen Zin, Chanson For 3 Voices
Title: Missa In Myne Zyn, For 4 Voices
Title: Comme Femme Desconfortee III A 2
Title: Missa In Myne Zyn, For 4 Voices
Title: Dung Aultre Amer III A 3
Title: Missa In Myne Zyn, For 4 Voices
Title: Tout A Par Moy 2 A 3, For 3 Voices
Title: Missa In Myne Zyn, For 4 Voices
Title: Pater Meus Agricola Est, For 3 Voices
Title: Regina Coeli

Comments

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[92, 111, 115, 114, 90, 84, 86, 125, 123, 125, 108, 90, 115, 111, 118, 100, 111, 68, 92, 114, 76, 75, 73, 84, 116, 112, 122, 113, 112, 110, 110, 118, 116, 124, 94, 105, 96, 87, 118, 109, 69, 107, 76, 79, 76, 90, 113, 77, 73, 84, 71, 85, 124, 123, 119, 124, 78, 81, 77, 71, 66, 110, 80, 88, 96, 115, 98, 88, 120, 70, 120, 124, 95, 74, 116, 106, 109, 121, 113, 114, 76, 95, 122, 117, 79, 93, 66, 97, 127, 117, 124, 122, 94, 100, 78, 118, 78, 109, 108, 118, 87, 113, 110, 106, 69, 97, 127, 71, 99, 93, 79, 121, 73, 74, 88, 113, 88, 110, 79, 108, 124, 69, 88, 99, 77, 118, 98, 83, 98, 64, 85, 82, 88, 124, 65, 102, 78, 92, 105, 94, 105, 65, 69, 87, 74, 77, 96, 94, 68, 82, 93, 102, 66, 107, 81, 76, 83, 114, 116, 127, 81, 123, 70, 88, 69, 77, 65, 116, 69, 88, 81, 70, 122, 72, 100, 77, 115, 108, 97, 71, 65, 105, 102, 97, 81, 93, 75, 97, 89, 88, 81, 77, 77, 126, 76, 112, 107, 121, 77, 78, 86, 97, 113, 71, 89, 104, 98, 70, 75, 73, 123, 95, 83, 67, 87, 115, 90, 119, 127, 67, 76, 80, 90, 64, 109, 125, 72, 108, 113, 95, 116, 88, 69, 77, 109, 81, 77, 100, 107, 118, 70, 69, 123, 76, 119, 67, 90, 88, 67, 69, 75, 88, 78, 80, 67, 72, 111, 89, 67, 89, 80, 69, 99, 88, 64, 86, 102, 75, 77, 120, 83, 93, 67, 125, 124, 100, 113, 97, 126, 89, 81, 80, 66, 118, 88, 116, 122, 109, 111, 113, 97, 76, 64, 96, 86, 121, 110, 73, 93, 71, 105, 79, 127, 68, 75, 76, 105, 65, 97, 95, 105, 97, 105, 93, 115, 78, 120, 127, 95, 78, 118, 126, 127, 102, 65, 97, 83, 87, 107, 120, 87, 73, 92, 108, 116, 102, 120, 114, 69, 74, 79, 87, 112, 89, 67, 113, 111, 115, 125, 82, 106, 84, 71, 102, 102, 77, 103, 104, 102, 83, 115, 64, 85, 118, 91, 103, 91, 82, 101, 125, 80, 78, 119, 126, 118, 111, 98, 72, 127, 93, 120, 77, 99, 110, 123, 101, 113, 81, 125, 67, 105, 116, 124, 79, 82, 82, 86, 75, 111, 112, 77, 84, 115, 92, 78, 65, 110, 98, 79, 78, 103, 77, 118, 103, 126, 71, 93, 102, 127, 89, 101, 83, 75, 76, 73, 67, 74, 114, 107, 85, 94, 71, 99, 69, 72, 102, 70, 88, 104, 127, 78, 78, 74, 103, 70, 104, 84, 73, 91, 112, 96, 111, 85, 111, 104, 105, 92, 66, 76, 109, 80, 84, 80, 107, 102, 125, 108, 101, 75, 113, 127, 94, 88, 98, 96, 115, 125, 96, 124, 83, 112, 69, 83, 84, 80, 126, 90, 83, 109, 119, 90, 75, 111, 95, 103, 95, 106, 119, 110, 68, 64, 79, 85, 80, 88, 83, 86, 84, 68, 67, 124, 122]