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Recently, biographers of Josquin des Prez have been playing a game something akin to "Where's Waldo? Quentin, France, and was given first employment at the cathedral of Milan in There have been unconfirmed sightings of youthful Josquin also in Nancy, Troyes, Blois, and Paris-it turns out that more than one musician had the name "Josquin," or "Jossequin," or "Jodocus," or "Josquinus. What his biography does affect, however, is the way we view the development of the musical style of an individual who was surely one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance some would say the greatest. Is his beautiful Ave Maria a relatively early work or a mid-career one? An early one, it turns out.

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Recently, biographers of Josquin des Prez have been playing a game something akin to "Where's Waldo? Quentin, France, and was given first employment at the cathedral of Milan in There have been unconfirmed sightings of youthful Josquin also in Nancy, Troyes, Blois, and Paris-it turns out that more than one musician had the name "Josquin," or "Jossequin," or "Jodocus," or "Josquinus.

What his biography does affect, however, is the way we view the development of the musical style of an individual who was surely one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance some would say the greatest. Is his beautiful Ave Maria a relatively early work or a mid-career one? An early one, it turns out.

Indeed, this motet is Josquin's earliest dateable work, appearing in a manuscript copied about By way of comparison, his motet Miserere mei, Deus Anthology, No. Josquin's Ave Maria is a "classic. Josquin likely composed this motet in northern Italy about as a devotional piece for the Virgin Mary-such relatively uncomplicated motets were frequently written to be sung by church musicians standing before a statue or an icon of the Virgin before retiring at the end of the day.

The text consists of an opening salutation to the Virgin, followed by five stanzas, each of which salutes one of the five principal events in Mary's life her conception, nativity, annunciation, purification, and assumption as celebrated in the five major Marian feast days of the Catholic Church year. The motet Ave Maria thus constitutes something of a curriculum vitae of the life of the Virgin Mary. The motet ends with a supplication to the Virgin, pleading for intercession and mercy at the moment of judgment.

To begin his motet, Josquin borrowed the opening phrase of a well-known sequence see Chapter 5 in honor of the Virgin, Ave Maria , gratia plena. He then ornamented the phrase and distributed equally to all four voices in imitative fashion: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. For the next three "Hails" bars 16, 28, and 39 Josquin crafted his own melodic material, arranging it in pairs of imitating voices soprano-alto, followed by tenor-bass. This technique of paired imitation was a favorite of Josquin.

Perhaps to effect variety in the face of what has been a uniformly polyphonic texture in duple meter, Josquin switches at bar 48 to homophonic homorhythmic texture and triple meter, only to return to the original texture and meter, with more dueting, for the final "Hail" bar The concluding supplication "O Mater Dei, memento mei" bar 73 is supported by a beautifully shaped arch of sonic sincerity, a fitting end to this restful votive offering to the Virgin.

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Ave Maria... virgo serena, motet for 4 parts

A version of Josquin Desprez 's Ave Maria, perhaps his most famous composition and certainly his most often sung today, appears at the head of the first volume of motets ever printed ; its composition occurred during the composer's service at one of several French and North Italian courts. Apparently written some time between and ; this motet expounds with classic elegance the stylistic ideals of the Italian Renaissance and provides one of the best examples of its style, power, and beauty. The structure of Josquin 's musical setting corresponds to the text in a lucid way. Twentieth century theorists use the term "syntactic imitation" to describe the characteristic musical structure of High Renaissance vocal pieces.

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Ave Maria, Josquin Desprez

Virgo serena " is a motet composed by Josquin des Prez. It is regarded as Josquin's most famous motet and one of the most famous pieces of the 15th century. The piece rose to extreme popularity in the 16th century, even appearing at the head of the first volume of motets ever printed. Its revolutionary open style featuring early imitative counterpoint and two-voice parts has added to its acclaim as one of the most influential compositions of its time. The work was composed during Josquin's service at the North Italian court at Milan. It was initially thought to have been copied into the manuscript Munich by

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