On Friday, March 10, Duke Performances continues their Vocal Ensemble Series with Cappella Pratensis in their performance of Triptych: The Musical World of Hieronymus Bosch. The concert will take place in Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus in Durham.

“Cappella Pratensis sing with an organic appreciation of line and text that enfolds the ear in every phrase,” said Classical Music Magazine. This Dutch ensemble summons the atmosphere of choral singing from five centuries ago: eight male voices, all reading from a single choir book. They recreate original practices without sacrificing the immediacy of these intricate masterworks.

Cappella Pratensis come to Duke Performances with a tribute to the best-known son of their native city, the phantasmagorical painter Hieronymus Bosch. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, the group brings to life the music of the astounding Franco-Flemish choral composer Pierre de la Rue, which Bosch would have heard in his day. While Bosch filled his paintings with vivid and densely packed images, composers like Pierre de La Rue filled their works with musical variety and polyphonic innovation. This program echoes the very world of Hieronymus Bosch.


  • Anonymous chant/polyphony: Introit: Salva Sancta Parens
  • Pierre de la Rue: “Kyrie” and “Gloria” from Missa Cum Jocunditate
  • Chant: Gradual: Benedicta et Venerabilis Es
  • Chant: Alleluia: Ave Maria
  • Chant/Anon. early 16th century: Sequence: Verbum bonum et suave
  • Pierre de la Rue: “Credo” from Missa Cum Jocunditate
  • Anon: Motet: Sub Tuum Presidium
  • Chant: Prefatio
  • Pierre de la Rue: “Sanctus” from Missa Cum Jocunditate
  • Anon: Elevation Motet: O Salutaris Hostia
  • Chant: Pater noster
  • Pierre de la Rue: “Agnus Dei” from Missa Cum Jocunditate
  • Chant: Communion: Beata Viscera
  • Pierre de la Rue: Motet: Gaude Virgo

Ticket prices with reserved seating

  • $32
  • $26
  • $15 Ages 30 & under
  • $10 Duke students

Buy tickets online or by calling the Duke Box Office at 919-684-4444.