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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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The Lingua Franca

The Lingua Franca

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(p.132) Chapter Four The Lingua Franca
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Josquin's Rome
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JOSQUIN’S ROME

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844302.003.0005

Josquin recedes into the background in this portion of the book, which describes the dynamic musical environment in which papal singer-composers produced many of their most dazzling creations. Chapter 4 begins with an extended discussion of Gaspar van Weerbeke, a contemporary of Josquin whose music displays extraordinary variety; Gaspar emerges as an important figure worthy of much closer attention. This chapter also considers masses and motets by Bertrandus Vaqueras, Heinrich Isaac, and Johannes Tinctoris, along with several anonymous works that have much to tell us about the contemporary musical lingua franca. These analyses reveal considerable stylistic heterogeneity in the papal chapel’s repertory; they also throw the picture of Josquin presented in Chapter 2 into sharp relief.

Keywords:   Gaspar van Weerbeke, Bertrandus Vaqueras, Heinrich Isaac, Johannes Tinctoris, Johannes Ockeghem, dissonance, cantus firmus treatment, varietas

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