Better late than never, they say. With Christmas over, and all visiting relatives out of the way, I've at last found time to finish my 2009 Christmas video:
This is the conclusion of the Agnus Dei from the Missa L'homme armé sexti toni of Josquin des Prez (c. 1450-1521), accompanying views of an Annunciation (c. 1489) and a Nativity triptych (c. 1470) by Josquin's near contemporary Hans Memling (c. 1430-1494).
Josquin des Prez was, imho, the greatest composer born before 1685. And these few minutes of music are, again imho, the most beautiful that he ever composed.
Hans Memling, on the other hand, has never been a great favorite of mine. And I've not yet been able to find a useful commentary on his triptych, so I can only guess about this - but I take it that the older gentleman in red who appears in all three panels is St. Joseph.
And he's not looking at all pleased - from which I conclude that Memling had quite the sense of humor!
Which makes me like him better ;^)