My agricologies draws both its inspiration and its materials from the music of Alexander Agricola (c.1456–1506).
Agricola IX is a series of related settings for solo wind instruments (cornetto muto, tenor sackbut, quarter-tone oboe, flute, and bass clarinet), with or without ensemble. Their materials are taken from the opening phrases of the rondeau by Johannes Ockeghem, Je n’ay dueil que je ne suis morte, to which Agricola also composed a response. In this setting, the song’s phrases are segmented, transposed, and some compressed into quartertones.
This setting is dedicated to my brother Sébastien on his fortieth birthday.
Born in France, Fabrice Fitch has a dual career as composer and as a musicologist in the field of early Renaissance polyphony. As composer he has written for and been performed by ensembles such as Exposé, Capricorn, Exaudi, Fretwork, the Orlando Consort, the Kreutzer String Quartet and Virelai, and by soloists Nicholas Ashton, Richie Craig, Peter Hill, Neil Heyde and Christopher Redgate. His work has been performed and broadcast in Canada and throughout Europe. He is currently completing a cycle of chamber works based on the work of François Rabelais. He is currently Head of Graduate School at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester). Visit fabricefitch.com .