Josquin des Prez

1450 - 1521

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Josquin Lebloitte dit des Prez (c. 1450–1455 – 27 August 1521) was a composer of High Renaissance music, who is variously described as French or Franco-Flemish. Considered one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance, he was a central figure of the Franco-Flemish School and had a profound influence on the music of 16th-century Europe. Building on the work of his predecessors Guillaume Du Fay and Johannes Ockeghem, he developed a complex style of expressive—and often imitative—movement between independent voices (polyphony) which informs much of his work. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Josquin des Prez has received more than 998,548 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Josquin des Prez is the 84th most popular composer (down from 74th in 2019), the 328th most popular biography from France (down from 265th in 2019) and the 12th most popular French Composer.

Josquin des Prez is most famous for his motets, which are sacred vocal compositions that are usually performed as part of a mass.

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Among composers, Josquin des Prez ranks 84 out of 1,451Before him are Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Hans Zimmer, Johann Pachelbel, Mikis Theodorakis, Alban Berg, and Carl Czerny. After him are Nino Rota, George Gershwin, François Couperin, Luigi Cherubini, Luigi Boccherini, and Pietro Mascagni.

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Among people born in 1450, Josquin des Prez ranks 3Before him are Bartolomeu Dias, and Hieronymus Bosch. After him are John Cabot, Luca Signorelli, Yejong of Joseon, Kara Ahmed Pasha, Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād, Diogo Dias, Martin Schongauer, Francisco de Almeida, and Marko Marulić. Among people deceased in 1521, Josquin des Prez ranks 4Before him are Ferdinand Magellan, Pope Leo X, and Manuel I of Portugal. After him are Juan Ponce de León, Zhengde Emperor, Sebastian Brant, Christina of Saxony, Leonardo Loredan, Francisco Serrão, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, and Raffaele Riario.

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In France

Among people born in France, Josquin des Prez ranks 328 out of 6,770Before him are Raynald of Châtillon (1123), Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659), Georges de La Tour (1593), Paul Valéry (1871), Elisabeth of Valois (1545), and Anne of Brittany (1477). After him are Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1275), Colette (1873), Luc Montagnier (1932), Louis VI of France (1081), François Couperin (1668), and Sophie Germain (1776).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Josquin des Prez ranks 12Before him are Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Erik Satie (1866), Jules Massenet (1842), Charles Gounod (1818), and Gabriel Fauré (1845). After him are François Couperin (1668), Olivier Messiaen (1908), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), Léo Delibes (1836), Francis Poulenc (1899), and Adolphe Adam (1803).