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.
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, and the jubilant dance 'La Mourisque' by
Nevertheless, Josquin des Prez and his motets unavoidably must loom large in any study devoted to music around 1500, as either the direct object of inquiry, or a benchmark by which to measure and validate the work of others.
The Lenten evensong will include music by William Byrd, Josquin des Prez, Gilles Binchois, Melchior Franck and Robert Ramsey.
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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.
Music and Love and Fate," examines how those themes found expression in the music of such Renaissance masters as Josquin des Prez, Cipriano de Rore, Nicholas Gombert and Robert Morton.
One senses that, in addition to being a response to Rifkin's article, the book is Fallows's answer to Paula Higgins's "The Apotheosis of Josquin des Prez and Other Mythologies of Musical Genius" (Journal of the American Musicological Society 53, no.
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.
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.
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.