Josquin des Prez

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Josquin des Prez

Aliases: Des Pres, Josquin; Desprez, Josquin; Despres, Josquin; given name in 1520s Condé archives, Josse Lebloitte 'Aliases: Dezprez, a Prato, Iosquinus Pratensis (Lebloitte dit Desprez is used in his uncle's will)


Born: between 1450 and 1455, according to recent research

Died: 27 August 1521

Biography Although Josquin has sometimes been confused with a Josquin de Kessalia who sang in Milan from 1459 to 1474 and died in 1498, the earliest surviving document shows he was a singer at the chapel of René, Duke of Anjou, in Aix-en-Provence as of 19 April 1477, and a birthdate of circa 1450 is now generally accepted. There are numerous gaps in his biography and seems to have traveled widely, but Josquin was headquartered in Milan 1483-89, was a member of the papal choir 1489 to 1495 (and left a recently discovered graffito in the Sistine Chapel), served Louis XII after 1499, Duke Ercole I of Ferrara 1503-4, become provost of the collegiate church of Notre-Dame at Condé-sur-l'Escaut on 3 May 1504, and added a post at Saint Quentin in 1509.

The reputation of the princeps musicorum can hardly be overstated; one contemporary even calls Michelangelo the Josquin of sculpture. The list of conflicting and dubious attributions is correspondingly great.

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