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Josquin's RomeHearing and Composing in the Sistine Chapel$
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Jesse Rodin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844302

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844302.001.0001

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An Obsessive Compositional Personality

An Obsessive Compositional Personality

(p.41) Chapter two An Obsessive Compositional Personality
Josquin's Rome


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This chapter uses an array of analytical tools to evaluate Josquin’s Roman compositions and distinguish them from the music of his contemporaries. Casting the composer’s interest in iterative compositional techniques as “obsessive,” Chapter 2 develops the concept of conspicuous repetition to describe Josquin’s melodic and contrapuntal manner. It also explores his interest in ostinato, combinative procedures, and self-imposed constraints. Proceeding parameter by parameter rather than work by work, this chapter presents a nuanced view of Josquin’s style that cuts across genres.

Keywords:   Josquin des Prez, conspicuous repetition, ostinato, Rome, Sistine Chapel

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