Josquin (c1450 - 1455-1521)

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01Josquin - Who He?20180716

"Donald Macleod goes in search of an elusive master of the Renaissance.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

In the company of choral director Jeremy Summerly, Donald Macleod goes in search of that elusive Renaissance master, Josquin des Prez. Today, the scant facts of the composer's life.

Among the few things definitively known about Josquin are the date and place of his death - the 27th of August, 1521, in the northern French town of Condé-sur-l'Escaut. The beginning of his life, as with much of what happened during its course, is shrouded in mystery. The occasional glimpses we get of Josquin through court records and the like paint a picture of a supremely talented, highly respected, well travelled and quite possibly rather difficult man whose dedication to his art went hand in hand with a canny appreciation of his own worth.

El grillo
The Hilliard Ensemble
Paul Hillier, director

Illibata Dei Virgo nutrix
The Clerks' Group
Edward Wickham, director

Ora pro nobis (Vultum tuum deprecabuntur)
Orlando Consort

Domine, non secundum
The Clerk's Group
Edward Wickham, director

Miserere mei, Deus
De Labyrintho
Walter Testolin, director

Pater Noster - Ave Maria
The King's Singers

Produced by Chris Barstow.

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02Josquin in Print20180717

"Donald Macleod goes in search of an elusive master of the Renaissance, Josquin des Prez.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

In the company of choral director Jeremy Summerly, Donald Macleod goes in search of that elusive Renaissance master, Josquin des Prez. Today, Petrucci's press boosts Josquin's fame.

Ottaviano Petrucci holds a special place in music history as the first printer to issue volumes of polyphonic music produced using movable type - making him a sort of musical Gutenberg. His opening salvo, in 1501, was the catchily titled Harmonice Musices Odhecaton - one hundred songs of harmonic music, an anthology of chansons by some of the leading composers of the day. Petrucci went on to publish several collections of Josquin's masses, whose dissemination throughout Europe spread the composer's reputation far and wide. The growth of music printing arguably also had a negative aspect, as it encouraged less scrupulous printers to market the work of lesser-known composers under the names of their more illustrious contemporaries - Josquin included. This practice has led in recent years to a radical shrinkage of Josquin's oeuvre, as more and more works once attributed to him are now considered to be by others.

La Bernardina
Fretwork

Missa Hercules dux ferrarie (Credo)
The Hilliard Ensemble
Paul Hillier, director

O Domine, Jesu Christe
A Sei Voci
Bernard Fabre-Garrus, director

Attrib Josquin: Absalon, fili mi
Oxford Camerata
Jeremy Summerly, director

Missa faisant regretz
The Medieval Ensemble Of London
Timothy Davies and Peter Davies, direction

Produced by Chris Barstow.

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02Josquin In Print20180717

"Donald Macleod goes in search of an elusive master of the Renaissance.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

In the company of choral director Jeremy Summerly, Donald Macleod goes in search of that elusive Renaissance master, Josquin des Prez. Today, Petrucci's press boosts Josquin's fame.

Ottaviano Petrucci holds a special place in music history as the first printer to issue volumes of polyphonic music produced using movable type - making him a sort of musical Gutenberg. His opening salvo, in 1501, was the catchily titled Harmonice Musices Odhecaton - one hundred songs of harmonic music, an anthology of chansons by some of the leading composers of the day. Petrucci went on to publish several collections of Josquin's masses, whose dissemination throughout Europe spread the composer's reputation far and wide. The growth of music printing arguably also had a negative aspect, as it encouraged less scrupulous printers to market the work of lesser-known composers under the names of their more illustrious contemporaries - Josquin included. This practice has led in recent years to a radical shrinkage of Josquin's oeuvre, as more and more works once attributed to him are now considered to be by others.

La Bernardina
Fretwork

Missa Hercules dux ferrarie (Credo)
The Hilliard Ensemble
Paul Hillier, director

O Domine, Jesu Christe
A Sei Voci
Bernard Fabre-Garrus, director

Attrib Josquin: Absalon, fili mi
Oxford Camerata
Jeremy Summerly, director

Missa faisant regretz
The Medieval Ensemble Of London
Timothy Davies and Peter Davies, direction

Produced by Chris Barstow.

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03Beyond The Church20180718

"Donald Macleod goes in search of an elusive master of the Renaissance.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

In the company of choral director Jeremy Summerly, Donald Macleod goes in search of that elusive Renaissance master, Josquin des Prez. Today they explore the composer's secular music, as well as church music with secular associations - from a fanfare that may have been written for the coronation of Louis XII to a psalm-setting that doubled as a 'musical invoice', via Josquin's moving musical memorial to his teacher, Johannes Ockeghem.

Vive le Roy
Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall, director

Scaramella fa la guerra; De tous biens plaine; Adieu mes amours
Early Music Consort of London
David Munrow, director

Que vous ma dame; Regretz sans fin
Taverner Consort

Nymphes des bois
Cambridge Taverner Choir
Owen Rees, director

Memor esto verbi tui
Oxford Camerata
Jeremy Summerly, director

De profundis
Amarcord

Produced by Chris Barstow.

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04Master Of The Notes20180719

Donald Macleod goes in search of an elusive master of the Renaissance.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

In the company of choral director Jeremy Summerly, Donald Macleod goes in search of that elusive Renaissance master, Josquin des Prez. Today, Josquin as craftsman and innovator.

It was no less than Martin Luther, architect of the Protestant Reformation, who dubbed his older contemporary Josquin Desprez "master of the notes, which must do as he wishes, while other composers must follow what the notes dictate". Nowhere is this mastery more apparent than in Josquin's Missa L'homme armé sexti toni, whose calm surface belies the fearsome complexity of its inner contrapuntal workings.

Ave Maria... virgo serena
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, director

Virgo prudentissima; Virgo salutiferi
The Choir of New College, Oxford
Edward Higginbottom, director

Ave nobilissima creatura
La Chapelle Royale
Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Salve regina (a5)
Chanticleer

L'homme armé; Missa L'homme armé sexti toni (Agnus Dei)
Oxford Camerata
Jeremy Summerly, director

Produced by Chris Barstow.

05Legacy20180720

"Donald Macleod goes in search of an elusive master of the Renaissance.

Series exploring the life and works of a succession of composers

In the company of choral director Jeremy Summerly, Donald Macleod goes in search of that elusive Renaissance master, Josquin des Prez. Today, Josquin and posterity.

Once they're dead, many composers pass directly into obscurity and are forgotten. Not so Josquin. After his death in 1521, there were fulsome musical tributes; later generations 'parodied' his works; and we know that Josquin's own music stayed continuously in the repertoire well into the 17th century. Today's programme includes a pair of memorial tributes, by the decidedly obscure Jaquet of Mantua and Hieronymus Vinders; a parody Magnificat by Lassus; and a trio of masterpieces by Josquin himself.

Jaquet of Mantua: Dum vastos Adriae fluctus
The King's Singers

Josquin des Prez: Praeter rerum seriem
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, director

Orlande de Lassus: Magnificat secondi toni super Praeter rerum seriem
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers, director

Josquin des Prez: Benedicta es, coelorum regina
Weser-Renaissance Bremen
Manfred Cordes, director

Josquin des Prez: Stabat mater
Alamire
David Skinner, director

Hieronymus Vinders: O mors inevitabilis
Oxford Camerata
Jeremy Summerly, director

Produced by Chris Barstow.

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