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Josquin Des Prez (c1450/55-1521)  

Josquin Des Prez

born: c1450/55
died: 27 August 1521
country: France

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Few composers of any period have enjoyed the widespread admiration and unanimous praise of successive generations as Josquin Des Prez. He is considered to be the greatest creator and innovator of musical composition during the Renaissance, and for some half a millennium his music has stood the test of time. Music printing came about during Josquin’s lifetime, and it is highly significant that Petrucci placed the composer at the opening of each of the first four motet anthologies, dating from 1502 to 1505. It was also in 1502 when Petrucci’s Misse Josquin was published, marking the first collection ever to be devoted to a single composer. Josquin was truly at the pinnacle of his profession, famous throughout Europe, and served as a model of exquisite beauty and compositional prowess for generations to come.

Relatively little is known of Josquin before his death in 1521, and, indeed, most reports date from decades later. They do, however, point to the fact that he must have been a perfectionist. Commenting in 1547, more than two decades after the composer’s death, the Swiss theorist, poet and humanist Heinrich Glarean tells us that Josquin ‘… published his works after much deliberation and with manifold corrections; neither did he release a song to the public unless he had kept it to himself for some years’. The Lutheran humanist, Johannes Manlius reported an anecdote concerning Josquin’s own choir rehearsals: he was said to have walked among the singers during a performance of one of his works, and if something dissatisfied him, the composer would say ‘Be silent; I will change that’. Martin Luther himself greatly admired Josquin, and, after singing the chanson Nymphes, nappés, proclaimed the now-famous quote that ‘Josquin is the master of the notes, which must do as he wishes while other composers must follow what the notes dictate.’

Such was Josquin’s popularity that after his death in 1521 other composers sought to emulate his style; compositions were often found to be reattributed to Josquin as they would then become more respected and marketable. In 1540 the German editor and composer George Forster famously recalled hearing ‘… a certain eminent man saying that, now that Josquin is dead, he is putting out more works than when he was alive!’

from notes by David Skinner © 2013

Albums
'Josquin: Josquin and his contemporaries' (CDA67183)
Josquin: Josquin and his contemporaries
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67183 
'Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & other works' (CDH55374)
Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & other works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55374  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Moulu: Missa Alma redemptoris & Missus est Gabriel' (CDA67761)
Moulu: Missa Alma redemptoris & Missus est Gabriel
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67761 
'Richafort: Requiem & other sacred music' (CDA67959)
Richafort: Requiem & other sacred music
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67959  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Willaert: Missa Mente tota & motets' (CDA67749)
Willaert: Missa Mente tota & motets
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67749  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
On other labels
'Josquin: De beata virgine & Ave maris stella' (CDGIM044)
Josquin: De beata virgine & Ave maris stella
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM044  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Josquin: L'homme armé Masses' (CDGIM019)
Josquin: L'homme armé Masses
CDGIM019  Download only  
'Josquin: Malheur me bat & Fortuna desperata' (CDGIM042)
Josquin: Malheur me bat & Fortuna desperata
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM042  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & Missa La sol fa re mi' (CDGIM009)
Josquin: Missa Pange lingua & Missa La sol fa re mi
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM009 
'Josquin: Missa Sine nomine & Missa Ad fugam' (CDGIM039)
Josquin: Missa Sine nomine & Missa Ad fugam
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM039  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Josquin: The Tallis Scholars sing Josquin' (CDGIM206)
Josquin: The Tallis Scholars sing Josquin
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM206  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Christmas Carols and Motets' (CDGIM010)
Christmas Carols and Motets
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM010 
'Christmas with The Tallis Scholars' (CDGIM202)
Christmas with The Tallis Scholars
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM202  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Palestrina: Missa Benedicta es' (GIMSE402)
Palestrina: Missa Benedicta es
Buy by post £6.75 GIMSE402  Gimell (budget price)  
'Renaissance Giants' (CDGIM207)
Renaissance Giants
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM207  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Renaissance Radio' (CDGIM212)
Renaissance Radio
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM212  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Richafort: Requiem' (SIGCD326)
Richafort: Requiem
SIGCD326  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem' (CDGIM029)
Rore: Missa Praeter rerum seriem
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM029 
'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1' (GIMBX301)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 1
GIMBX301  Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only  
'Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 3' (GIMBX303)
Sacred Music in the Renaissance, Vol. 3
Buy by post £17.50 GIMBX303  4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'The Essential Tallis Scholars' (CDGIM201)
The Essential Tallis Scholars
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM201  2CDs for the price of 1  
'The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe' (CKD052)
The Golden Age, Vol. 1 – Europe
CKD052  Download only  
'The Tallis Scholars Live in Oxford' (CDGIM998)
The Tallis Scholars Live in Oxford
Buy by post £11.75 CDGIM998  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Absalon fili mi (Josquin)
Ave caro Christi cara (Bauldeweyn/Josquin)
Ave Maria  Part 3b, Offertory substitute of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
Ave Maria … virgo serena (Josquin)
Benedicta es (Josquin)
Christe, Fili Dei  Part 6, Agnus Dei substitute of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
Credo quarti toni 'Cambrai Credo' (Josquin)
De profundis (Josquin/Champion/Champion)
Doleo super te  Part 4 of Planxit autem David (Josquin)
Faulte d'argent (Josquin)
Gaude virgo (Josquin)
Gloria  Movement 2 of Missa Ave maris stella (Josquin)
Intemerata virgo  Part 3a, Credo substitute of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
Inter natos mulierum (Josquin)
Mente tota  Part 5, After Elevation of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
Miserere mei, Deus (Josquin)
Missa Ad fugam (Josquin)
Missa Ad fugam (revised version) (Josquin)
Missa Ave maris stella (Josquin)
Missa De beata virgine (Josquin)
Missa Fortuna desperata (Josquin)
Missa La sol fa re mi (Josquin)
Missa L'homme armé sexti toni (Josquin)
Missa L'homme armé super voces musicales (Josquin)
Missa Malheur me bat (Josquin)
Missa Pange lingua (Josquin)
Missa Sine nomine (Josquin)
Missus est Gabriel angelus (Josquin)
Montes Gelboe  Part 2 of Planxit autem David (Josquin)
Nymphes des bois / Requiem aeternam (Josquin)
Nymphes, nappés / Circumdederunt me (Josquin)
O Maria  Part 4a, Sanctus substitute of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
Ora pro nobis  Part 7, Deo gracias substitute of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
Pater noster / Ave Maria (Josquin)
Planxit autem David (Josquin)
Praeter rerum seriem (Josquin)
Recordare, virgo mater (Josquin)
Sagitta Jonathae  Part 3 of Planxit autem David (Josquin)
Salve regina (Josquin)
Sancta Dei genitrix  Part 2, Gloria substitute of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
Tu lumen  Part 4b, Elevation motet of Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
Veni Sancte Spiritus (Forestier/Josquin)
Vultum tuum deprecabuntur (Josquin)
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