Early Music Masters: Josquin des Prez

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61KiZaSGQnLOn the 27th of August 1521, the Renaissance  Netherlandish composer Josquin des Prez died in Condé-sur-l’Escaut, nowadays Northern France. The exact year and place of his birth are still not known, yet this does not prevent scholars and early music lovers from stating that Josquin was one of the most renowned musicians of his time. As Martin Luther said of him: “He is the master of the notes. They must do as he wills; as for the other composers, they have to do as the notes will” (Gustave Reese, Music in the Renaissance). On the other hand, in 1567, “Cosimo Bartoli of Florence wrote that Josquin was without a peer in music, even as Michelangelo was peerless in architecture, painting, and sculpture.” (William Roscoe Estep, Renaissance and Reformation). “Some rank him as the fourth member, honoris causa, of the venerable triumvirate of genius composers

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