Josquin Des Prez Josquin Lebloitte Dit Desprez  Essay

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Josquin des Prez (Josquin Lebloitte dit Desprez) (1455-1521) was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance. He is also known as Josquin Desprez. He is also known as Josquin Desprez, or in Latin, Josquinus Pratensis or Josquinus Pratensis.

Widely considered to be one of the most famous composers of his time, ranking as genius between Guillaume Dufay and Palestrina, he is renowned for having mastered the high Renaissance style of polyphonic vocal music that was popular during his time.

The following essay describes the 6 core values of Excellence, Community, Respect, Personal Development, Responsible Stewardship, and Integrity, and using specific examples demonstrates how Josquin des Prez does or does not meet these categories.


As it sounds, excellence is the value of maintaining a high degree of perfection in one's contribution. The artist (or individual) uses his talent to the maximum, he sharpens it and works on it until it becomes the very best that it can be. This takes perseverance and skill. Josquin des Prez certainly obtained this as we see not only from his reputation but from the following examples: theorists such as Heinrich Glarean and Gioseffo Zarlino rated his style perfection (Wegman, p. 21 -- 25.). Contemporaries remarked on his supreme melodic gift that was coupled with his employment of ingenious technical devices.


Many anonymous contributions were contributed to him in order to raise the sales of these composers (Wegman, p. 28.)

This refers to the artist involving himself in a context of community where he either bands himself with others in producing his contribution and/or he give back of himself to others. It also refers to the individual interacting with the social world around him in a mutual spirit of tolerance, trust, and respect and creating a socially responsible environment.

De Prez had a resounding influence on his community to the extent that writers of his time from disciplines that were utterly distinct from music, such as Baldassare Castiglione (who was also a soldier, priest, and merchant) and Martin Luther glorified him (Wegman, pp. 21 -- 22..)


Respect refers to the individual's pride and dignity in the talents of himself and others. It refers to a feeling of self-respect and respect for others.

Whether or not De Prez respected others is unknown. Others certainly seemed to have respect for him due to the fact that more than 370 works are attributed to him, many begin by copyists who wished to assume his name (Wegman, p. 28.). The artist's reputation was colossal, both in his time and in the present ages.

Referring to his own self-pride, the artist certainly seemed to respect himself. He was willing and eager to take risks, as described later on. He also was eager to expand his horizons, spanning, according to Heinrich Glarean, the abilities of being both a "magnificent…

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