Renaissance epitome: Josquin Desprez

fri 29 jan 2021
Theme: Early Music

Starting on Thursday 18 February, we at Documento will broadcast a series on Josquin Desprez. This year, 2021, marks the 500th anniversary of this composer’s death. He was, perhaps, the most important composer of the entire Renaissance.

Josquin Desprez (approx. 1450 – 1521) was one of the most celebrated composers of his time. He worked at the French royal court and the papal household, among others. German theologian Martin Luther expressed his admiration for Josquin’s music by calling him: “the master of the notes. They must do as he wills; as for the other composers, they have to do as the notes will.”

Documento will be devoting a series of 7 episodes to Desprez. After an introductory programme, we’ll cover his motets, his masses and his chansons. This series will be broadcast from February to August, on the third Thursday of every month at 9 pm.


Broadcast part 1:

– Thursday 18 February 2021, 21:00-22:00.