The Josquin Companion

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Book (Hardcover)

Item no.613517
EditorRichard Sherr
Scope728 pages; 15.6 × 23.4 cm
Release year2005
Publisher/ProducerOxford University Press
Producer No.OUP 9780198163350
358.20 €
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
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The Josquin Companion presents the most complete discussion ever published in English on the music of the greatest composer of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521). A collaborative effort by numerous distinguished scholars.

The Josquin Companion presents both the scholarly and general reader with the most complete and concentrated discussion ever published in English on the music of Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521) - the greatest composer of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Not a standard, single-author life and works, the volume provides a basic survey of Josquin's music and of the many problems which attend it. Through a collaborative effort of distinguished scholars, it takes into account the most recent research on Josquin. Beginning with a summary of the latest developments in the composer's constantly-changing biography and a discussion of his stature as a great man then and now, the Companion continues with chapters considering all the compositional genres employed by Josquin and offers wide-ranging surveys as well as close studies of individual pieces. Further chapters explore both traditional and untraditional analytical perspectives on Josquin's music, and suggest new avenues of research. A Worklist, Bibliography, and Annotated Discography (the first since the advent of the compact disc and the concurrent explosion of early music recording) end the book.


  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • List of Musical Examples
  • Contents of the Compact Disc
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Abbreviations and Manuscript Style
  • 1:Introduction, Richard Sherr
  • 2:Chronology of Josquin's Life and Career, Richard Sherr
  • 3:Who Was Josquin?, Rob C. Wegman
  • 4:Masses Based on Popular Songs and Solmization Syllables, Bonnie J. Blackburn
  • 5:Masses on Plainsong Cantus Firmi, Alejandro Enrique Planchart
  • 6:Masses Based on Polyphonic Songs and Canonic Masses, M. Jennifer Bloxam
  • 7:Mass Sections, Richard Sherr
  • 8:Missa Da pacem and Missa Allez regretz, Richard Sherr
  • 9:Four-Voice Motets, Ludwig Finscher
  • 10:Motets for Five or More Voices, John Milson
  • 11:Two Hymns and Three Magnificats, Richard Sherr
  • 12:Chansons for Three and Four Voices, Louise Litterick
  • 13:Chansons for Five and Six Voices, Lawrence Bernstein
  • 14:Three Settings of Italian Texts and Two Secular Motets, Richard Sherr
  • 15:Analysing Josquin, John Milson
  • 16:Josquin and Musical Rhetoric: Miserere mei, Deus and Other Motets, Patrick Macey
  • 17:Symbolism in the Sacred Music of Josquin, Willem Elders
  • 18:Afterword: Thoughts for the Future, David Fallows
  • Appendix A. List of Works, Peter Urquhart
  • Appendix B. Discography, Peter Urquhart
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Works by or attributed to Josquin
  • General Index