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Josquin Desprez


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Josquin Desprez 1440?-1521. Flemish composer considered the greatest of the Renaissance. He is noted for both his liturgical and secular compositions.


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  • It had come to hear music by the Renaissance composer Josquin Desprez and the contemporary composer Robert Kyr, but the program set aside a few quiet minutes for reading the program and lyrics.

    Modern Echoes of the Renaissance

  • Even more evident is the predominant role - whether real or imaginary – of the individual as demonstrated by the respect in which the princeps musicorum Josquin Desprez was held throughout the entire 16th century and in the most diverse quarters.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • So if Josquin Desprez was one of the two, who is the other papal composer?

    Composing for the Pope: A Church Music Primer

  • Josquin Desprez - a name that should be well-known today, but unfortunately he is not because he lived and died a long time ago - was born around 1450 and died in 1521.

    Composing for the Pope: A Church Music Primer

  • It was such a good exploration of the myth of 'the sacred feminine' that I wanted to keep a copy of it - I listened to it so many times, and found it was useful to send me to sleep what with Bettany Hughes' sexy voice and the Josquin Desprez opening 'Ave Maria'.

    Sisters of Aphrodite: Radio 3 Sunday Feature

  • The Tallis Scholars return to Minneapolis for the first time in a decade for a concert at the Basilica singing music rarely heard from the high Renaissance by Flemish and French masters Josquin Desprez, Nicolas Gombert and Jean de Mouton, composers who influenced much of the writing of the time.

    Features from Minnesota Public Radio

  • Josquin Desprez: Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi and Motets, Chansons, and Instrumental Music capella antiqua (München), conducted by Konrad Ruhland. two records, Philips 6775 005

    The First Universal Composer

  • This English style or ‘contenance angloise’ to use Martin le Franc’s own term, through the agency of Dufay and Binchois, was to give birth to the classical polyphonic style of the Renaissance as exemplified by such composers as Ockeghem, Josquin Desprez, and Orlande de Lassus.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Both are ‘parody’ masses i.e. works which make use of pre-existing material and are based on a three-part song by Josquin Desprez, En l’ombre d’ung buissonet au matinet.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • (Soundbite of music) Mr. GREENBERG: Josquin Desprez actually sang in the Papal choir between 1489 and 1495, and, you know, without a doubt the music that Josquin sang as a member of the Papal choir conditioned his religious compositions, among which are some 15 or so settings of the mass, which are some of the most brilliantly crafted and knee-weakeningly beautiful compositions ever created. "

    Composing for the Pope: A Church Music Primer


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