Margaret Bent

Ockeghem’s Requiem, and Du Fay

The first surviving polyphonic Requiem is that attributed to Ockeghem in the Chigi manuscript (Vatican Library, Ms. Chigiana C. VIII. 234). Various claims, not always compatible, have been made about its degree of completeness and its degree of compositional unity. Parts of it are undoubtedly by Ockeghem, but a few portions show internal signs of having been adapted from an older composition, possibly the lost Requiem of Du Fay. The paper will outline the support for this claim and explore its implications.