Josquin Desprez Analysis

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Marquel Gray
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Music Appreciation
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Josquin Desprez , born Josquin Lebloitte, as Desprez was a nickname, in either France or Hainaut, today known as Belgium, though his exact birth place is uncertain. He lived during the 15th and 16th centuries, born around the year 1450 a.d. and lived until to the year 1521 a.d. He grew up to become a very influential musician of the time and was a pioneer in music as whole. At the end of his life he was the head administrator of the collegiate church of Notre Dame in Condé-sur-l’Escaut. In his early life Josquin was trained as choir boy, around the year 1460 at Saint Quentin and was possibly taught counterpoint; a musical technique that involves the achievement of harmony through independent music lines; by the famous composer Johannes Ockeghem. Josquin greatly admired Ockeghem and after his death in 1497 Josquin wrote a sorrowful song, set to the elegy of a fellow
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His first definite record of employment however, dated to the 19th of April 1477, was at the chapel Rene, Duke of Anjou in Aix-en-Provence, France. At this chapel he was a singer and remained there for a about a year, until the 26th of march 1478. (note to self, His travels, erase later). Josquin's left a great legacy of work behind so much so that historians have referred to him as the first master of high renaissance music. (His impact on music). Over the course of his life Josquin may have produced over one hundred and fifty works; made up of nineteen masses, nine possible mass fragments, sixty one motets, three motet-chansons, sixty one chansons, and three frottole. Because of his wide array of styles and the shear volume of his work it has been difficult for historians to actually attribute and confirm that all of the works mention before actually belong to him or not, though this could be a testament to

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