Flemish Renaissance composer Josquin Desprez was born in Hainut (present-day Belgium) around 1440 and died in 1521. Surviving works include 19 masses, about 100 motets, some 70 French chansons, and a few instrumental pieces and Italian frottole. Martin Luther said of him, "Josquin is master of the notes, which must express what he desires; other choral composers must do what the notes dictate."
Radio transcript and RAM audio of University of Houston program investigating his life and works. Details his use of musical notation to pay homage to patrons. By engineering professor Dr. John H. Lienhard.
Catholic Encyclopedia article about his life and work, especially the religious dynamic in his compositions.
Biography contrasting his significance with the lack of knowledge about his life. Includes portrait, discography, and period related material from the Here Of A Sunday Morning radio program.
Biography, links to related sites and lyrics, and directory of MP3 audio files from Classic Cat.
Biography, discography, and facsimile of score from the Classical Net Basic Repertoire List.
Wikipedia article speculating about his geographic origin and providing a chronological account of his life, works, and influence upon others.
Biographical data, extended essay, quick facts, recommended CDs, books and sheet music, bibliography, and links to biographical essays from Dr. Estrella's Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers.
Brief biography summarizing his church and secular music with Naxos discography.
Biographical essay includes his training and work in contrapuntal music. Includes extensive list of recordings with links to details of contents and purchase information.
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