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Ambrose Field
John Potter
Being Dufay

John Potter tenor
Ambrose Field composer, live and studio electronics
Music by Ambrose Field, based on vocal fragments
by Guillame Dufay (1397-1474)

Ma belle dame souveraine
Je me complains
Being Dufay
Je vous pri
Presque quelque chose
La dolce vista

Recorded 2007
ECM New Series 2071

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British tenor John Potter and fellow countryman Ambrose Field, composer of electronic/digital music, offer a striking juxtaposition of Renaissance music and present-day technology: In seven interconnected pieces, vocal fragments from the songs and sacred works by Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474) soar beautifully above Ambrose Field’s vast and multi-faceted soundscapes. “Then as now, music was not forever fixed but lived and breathed through the imaginations of former musicians and their listeners”, writes Field in his liner notes for “Being Dufay”. Potter’s voice immerses itself with great ease in the allusively processed sounds. Amrose Field: “The fragments of original Dufay are always presented entirely unaltered, and serve as a reference point or cantus firmus within what is new. From that new perspective, I wanted to explore the limits of the electronic medium, and produce a new set of musical colours.”

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