Josquin des Prez
Aliases: Josquin Des Pres; Josquin Desprez; Josquin Despres; Dezprez a Prato; Iosquinus Pratensis; Lebloitte dit Desprez; Josse Lebloitte – given name in 1520s Condé archives is "Josse Lebloitte". "Lebloitte dit Desprez" is used in his uncle's will
Born: between 1450 and 1455, according to recent research
Died: 27 August 1521
Biography Although Josquin has sometimes been confused with a Josquin de Kessalia who sang in Milan from 1459 to 1474 and died in 1498, the earliest surviving document shows he was a singer at the chapel of René, Duke of Anjou, in Aix-en-Provence as of 19 April 1477, and a birthdate of circa 1450 is now generally accepted. There are numerous gaps in his biography and seems to have traveled widely, but Josquin was headquartered in Milan 1483-89, was a member of the papal choir 1489 to 1495 (and left a recently discovered graffito in the Sistine Chapel), served Louis XII after 1499, Duke Ercole I of Ferrara 1503-4, become provost of the collegiate church of Notre-Dame at Condé-sur-l'Escaut on 3 May 1504, and added a post at Saint Quentin in 1509.
The reputation of the princeps musicorum can hardly be overstated; one contemporary even calls Michelangelo the Josquin of sculpture. The list of conflicting and dubious attributions is correspondingly great.
See also some elegies at ChoralWiki:Josquin quincentenary
View the Wikipedia article on Josquin des Prez.
List of works
- Category:Josquin des Prez compositions lists all works available on CPDL alphabetically
- Sortable list of Josquin des Prez compositions is under construction but lists all works and has notes on current attributions of motets
Works not represented above
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- Missarum Josquin liber primus 1502
- Missarum Josquin liber secundus 1505
- Missarum Josquin liber tertius 1514
- Macey, Patrick. 1993. Josquin as Classic: 'Qui habitat, Memor esto', and Two Imitations Unmasked. Journal of the Royal Musical Association 118(1):1-43.
- Josquin Research Project at Stanford, with complete works and much other contemporary music
- Works by Josquin des Prez in the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)
- Josquin's graffito in Sistine Chapel