Josquin des Prez

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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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For the record, and at the risk of tiring the reader's patience, Osthoff used "Josquin Desprez" in 1965, and the published proceedings of the pioneering Josquin conference held in New York in 1971 used Josquin des Prez, which probably went a long way to establishing that name-form in the English-speaking world.
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The music included several motets by Josquin des Prez and the Kyrie and Gloria from a lush and fantastic Mass written by the Flamand, Jacobus Barbireau for the court of Burgundy.
The program will draw from the Odhecaton, an anthology of secular songs published in Venice in 1501 by Ottaviano Petrucci, with polyphonic music by Franco-Flemish composers such as Josquin Des Prez, Hayne Van Ghizighem and Jacob Obrecht.
Judd concludes her study with a reception history of the motet Magnus es tu Domine I Tu pauperum refugium by Josquin des Prez and an epilogue in which she reiterates her desire to know what music notation can mean when it is surrounded by theoretical text.
This album features brief works both sacred and secular, though mostly secular, by Heinrich Isaac, Antoine Brumel, Josquin des Prez, Costanzo Festa, Pierre de la Rue, Ludwig Senfl, Paul Hofhaimer, and a handful of anonymous composers.
The concert will include an early 16th century Mass by Josquin Des Prez, madrigals by Don Carlo Gesualdo and Claudio Monteverdi, sacred concertos by German composer Heinrich Schutz, and instrumental music by lesser-known
The "mille regrets & pleurs" mentioned in this passage prompt the image of Elizabeth singing "Mille regretz" by Josquin des Prez, a song of parting that would have been quite appropriate in those circumstances.
The final subsection of this chapter, starkly titled "Not Josquin des Prez," lists documents concerning other musicians named Josquin who had previously been confused with our composer.
The tendency to single out all-surpassing masters who soar above their commonplace contemporaries has not benefitted the composer Jacob Obrecht, who had the mixed luck of sharing at least part of a lifetime with the celebrated Josquin des Prez.
Faced with such impersonal performers' parts, conceptually so distant from (say) the generative sketches of Ludwig van Beethoven or Igor Stravinsky, it is easy for the reader to forget that every motet by Josquin des Prez or mass by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina also passed through a process of gestation and formation, conceivably as turbulent as those of the "Eroica" Symphony or The Rite of Spring.