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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 912,926 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 48 in 2019). Josquin des Prez is the 74th most popular composer (up from 75th in 2019), the 265th most popular biography from France (up from 268th in 2019) and the 10th 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 74 out of 1,216Before him are Charles Gounod, Vangelis, Alessandro Scarlatti, Alexander Borodin, Johann Pachelbel, and Anton Webern. After him are Jules Massenet, Dieterich Buxtehude, Gabriel Fauré, Franz Lehár, Carl Czerny, and Nino Rota.

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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, Kara Ahmed Pasha, Luca Signorelli, Yejong of Joseon, Gerard David, Martin Schongauer, Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād, Marko Marulić, and Francisco de Almeida. 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, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, Francisco Serrão, and Raffaele Riario.

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In France

Among people born in France, Josquin des Prez ranks 265 out of 6,011Before him are Olympe de Gouges (1748), Berthe Morisot (1841), Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684), Arsène Wenger (1949), Philip I of France (1052), and Pope Callixtus II (1065). After him are Ferdinand Foch (1851), Maurice Leblanc (1864), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), Jules Massenet (1842), Désirée Clary (1777), and François de La Rochefoucauld (1613).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Josquin des Prez ranks 10Before him are Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1520), Maurice Ravel (1875), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Erik Satie (1866), Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683), and Charles Gounod (1818). After him are Jules Massenet (1842), Gabriel Fauré (1845), Olivier Messiaen (1908), François Couperin (1668), Léo Delibes (1836), and Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645).