Josquin and His New Contemporaries

Josquin and His New Contemporaries - John Hawkins Medieval...

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John Hawkins Medieval and Renaissance Music Ms. Zayaruznaya November 15, 2010 Josquin Among His New Contemporaries Jesse Rodin’s portrait of Josquin des Prez’s composing style implicitly bears in it a very interesting conflict. Recent discoveries of documents that seem to place him later in time have brought conflict into ideas as to whether he was an “innovator” of musical forms or a “masterer” of these forms. Was he at the vanguard of his profession or meddling in the conservative arena, perfecting the messy ideas innovators left behind for him? Or was he caught in the interplay between both? Indeed, Josquin’s “identity crisis” as a musician is mostly a crisis of our interpretation when it comes to our shifting understanding of where he belongs in the procession of Renaissance composers, but it brings to light the possibility of certain other crises. His style, as characterized by Rodin, doesn’t seem to be able to be encompassed in a simple paradigm such as “innovator”. On one hand his pieces were very dynamic,
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