August 27, 2022 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin Desprez. On that day, I simultaneously celebrate the one-year anniversary of this website. Even though the number of publications has fallen short of my own expectations, I thank you for the interest in the website and for the feedback.
The anniversary year was still marked by the pandemic, but nevertheless there were a number of events and publications that brought Josquin to the fore, including the performance of all the masses by the Tallis Scholars in the Pierre Boulez Saalin Berlin. For me personally, an unforgettable experience.
In any case, among the seminal publications for me is Jesse Rodin’s article “The Josquin canon at 500,” which includes an appendix prepared in collaboration with Joshua Rifkin that takes an up-to-date look at the authenticity of Josquin’s works (published in Early Music 2022, pp. 1-26).
I am currently working on an overview of all the works, which should enable musicological „amateurs“ to get an impression of the diversity of Josquin’s music. In addition, this overview should provide a new approach to evaluating the authenticity of Josquin’s works. These overviews of individual works are to appear successively on this website over a longer period of time. In addition, a discography, a literature review, and articles on sources and on source studies as a whole are planned.
With well over 300 works containing at least one attribution to Josquin, this is a major project that will require some preparation. Remain patient! Suggestions, criticism and proposals are still very welcome. Please use the contact form to do so. Thank you!