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Josquin des Prez


(also J. Després or J. des Prés). Born circa 1440, in Picardy; died Aug. 27, 1521, in Condé-sur-1’Escaut. Franco-Flemish composer.

Josquin was probably a pupil of J. Ockeghem. The humanistic art of Italy, where he primarily worked, influenced the development of his creative outlook. He was a choirboy at the court chapel in Milan from 1474 to 1479, and at the Sistine Chapel in Rome from approximately 1486 to 1494. From 1495 to 1499 he directed the choir of the cathedral at Cambrai; in 1489 he directed a cathedral choir at Modena. In 1500, Josquin served at the court of Louis XII in Paris. From 1501 to 1503 he was the court choirmaster in Ferrara. He spent the last years of his life as a provost of a cathedral in Condé.

Josquin was one of the major composers of polyphonic music of the Renaissance. Having synthesized the achievements of the Netherlands school, he created innovative religious and secular works which closely resemble the intonations of folk songs. In masses, motets, and songs (French chanson and Italian frottole), he subordinated a refined polyphonic technique to new problems of expression. Spontaneity of feeling is expressed in the brightness and vitality of his musical compositions. His progressive and humanistic com-positions were important in the development of new tendencies in 16th-century European music. An edition of Josquin des Prez’s collected works is being published in Leipzig and Amsterdam (as of 1968, 54 installments had appeared).


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Renaissance music lovers will enjoy four polyphonic works and a dance: two Canzone in majestic Venetian polychoral style by the Italian composer Giovanni Gabrielli, a Ricercare by Andrea Gabrielli, an arrangement by Alkis Baltas of the highly expressive French chanson Mille Regretz by the Franco-flemish composer Josquin des Prez, as well as the jubilant dance La Mourisque by the Flemish composer Tielman Susato.
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Not only did Rovatkay introduce to him the vocal polyphony of Josquin and Palestrina, he also brought him into contact with the pre-Bach keyboard literature and the aesthetic of period instruments.
Instead of supporting a canonical list of composers and works, the quantitative analysis of EMO shows a distribution of a quite different type: 149 hits for Crecquillon, 111 for Lassus, 55 for Josquin, but only seven for Palestrina, who otherwise is considered the Renaissance master no.
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The Lenten evensong will include music by William Byrd, Josquin des Prez, Gilles Binchois, Melchior Franck and Robert Ramsey.
Concert featuring sacred music on the theme of the Christmas Story from Flemish masters like Josquin and Lassus, performed by the Liverpool Renaissance Group, accompanied by the Chester Consort of Viols.
St Mary's Church in the village will be hosting the event tomorrow evening which will feature Cantorelli, a Yorkshire-based group of eight singers who will be singing a programme which features sacred motets by the Renaissance composers Josquin des Prez and Giovanni Gabrieli.
BIRMINGHAM Cathedral Choir, including the boys, girls and men of the choir, will be giving a concert performance this month Under the direction of Marcus Huxley, pictured, and with Tim Harper on the organ, a wide range of sacred music will be on offer from Josquin to Benjamin Britten.
Two movements from the French composer Charpentier's Messe de Minuit and works by Guerrero, Josquin, Lassus and Palestrina will contrast with 20th century offerings from Howells and Poulenc.
Then followed the first of two impressive renditions of noellian motets by Josquin.