Composer:   Josquin Des Prez
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Arista Music Company
Edition:   AE 175
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied


Dennis Marzolf
Minnesota Valley Chorale, Mankato 1991
R&R Chair Community Choirs

The music of Josquin opens a window to a very different time and place. It is a joy to sing – not only because of the fine contrapuntal writing, but because it is marvelously vocal music. The phrases grow naturally through elegant climaxes to complete finality at the codas (no one even misses the third–especially when the overtones have a chance to sing with the choir in a reverberant hall.) The final “Kyrie” stands in sharp rhythmic contrast. The rugged “two against three” is a wholesome experience to master and perform.