The sounds, greeted by an overflow of listeners, were more often brash than mellow, suggesting informality, entertainment for the streets and plazas of the 15th and 16th centuries rather than more formal venues.
Some of the music was written by those we recognize, such as Orlando de Lassus, Josquin des Prez, Claudio Monteverdi, and Guillaume Dufay. Others — the Franco/Flemish composers Gaspar van Weerbeke, Nicolas Gombert and Antoine Busnois, the French Jean L’Heritier and the Spanish Francisco de Penalosa — added their own zest and personalities to the occasion.
Of course, the musicians themselves, the members of Forgotten Clefs, contributed more than significantly with their command of the instruments and feel for the Renaissance era, they being Charles Wines, Chris Armijo, Keith Collins, Sarah Huebsch and Kelsey Schilling. An add-on came from the rotunda’s wonderful resonance and an amusing strike every half-hour from the courthouse gong.