A Renaissance Masterpiece: Jacob Obrecht’s “Missa Maria zart”On his way to Ferrara to begin work at the Este chapel, Jacob Obrecht (1457-1505) stopped at Innsbruck. There he heard a song to the Virgin Mary that would inspire his brilliant Missa Maria zart. He died the following year, leaving this late and radiant creation in the Flamboyant Gothic style. Singing from mensural notation scored in a large choirbook, the internationally acclaimed Cappella Pratensis soars, ever vibrant in its authenticity.The Dutch-based vocal ensemble Cappella Pratensis champions the music of Josquin Desprez and the polyphonists of the 15th and 16th centuries. As in Josquin’s time, the members of Cappella Pratensis perform from a central music stand, singing from the original mensural notation scored in a large choirbook.Cappella Pratensis (from 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) has performed at leading international festivals and concert series throughout Europe, North America, and Japan. In 2009 the ensemble released a DVD/CD of the Missa de Sancto Donatiano by Jacob Obrecht, which included a reconstruction of the first performance of the Mass, filmed on location in Bruges. This production achieved the highest rating awarded by Classica magazine. Their album “Vivat Leo! Music for a Medici Pope,” with guest conductor Joshua Rifkin, received a Diapason d’Or (Golden Tuning Fork) award for outstanding classical music from Diapason magazine in France.Cappella Pratensis also shares its insights into vocal polyphony and performance from original notation—both to professionals and amateurs—through masterclasses, multi-media presentations, and collaboration with institutions. The ensemble is a partner with the universities of Leuven and Oxford in creating multifaceted databases of the brilliant musical sources from the workshops of early sixteenth-century music scribe Petrus Alamire.