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Josquin des Prez

Josquin des Pres was without a doubt the most versatile and gifted composer of the mid-Renaissance. He was a Frenchman who, like most composers at the time, spent much of his life in Italy working for different patrons.

He is credited with having explored all contemporary techniques and having brought some of them, such as the technique of imitation and the cantus firmus to new heights. The canon was one of Josquin’s favorite devices. In some cases, he uses the canon not only to create interesting textures but as an architectural device.
JOSQUIN DES PREZ
THE MAN
Josquin Desprez - A discography:: www.medieval.org/emfaq/composers/josquin
THE MUSIC
Werner Icking Music Archive: Josquin des Pres:: icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Desp
CD :: Josquin Des Prez: Motets & Chansons:: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000002S
CD :: Josquin des Prez: Missa Pange Lingua:: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005AT
THE TIMES
A Selection of Renaissance Music:: www.medieval.org/emfaq/beginlst/renaiss.
RIVALS AND CONTEMPORARIES
CD :: Tallis Scholars sing Palestrina:: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007DBX
CD :: Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli, Missa Aeterna:: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000013
CD :: Moyen Age & Renaissance:: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000024H

 


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