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Josquin Des Prez. Miserere mei deus (Psalm 51), motet for 5 parts. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. Miserere mei, Deus. composer. Josquin des Prez (c/). 5vv; probably composed for use during Holy Week in at the court of Ferrara. author of. Josquin: Miserere mei Deus. The Miserere, by Josquin des Prez, is a motet setting of Psalm 51 (Psalm 50 in the Septuagint numbering) for five.

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Miserere (Josquin) – Wikipedia

The deathbed meditation on Psalm 50 by the fiery preacher Hieronymus Savonarola historical inventor of the “Bonfire of the Vanities” achieved wide dissemination; among those strongly influenced by his work are Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Martin Luther.

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In keeping with Savonarola’s dislike of polyphony and musical display, the Miserere is written in a spare, austere style, much different from the contrapuntal complexity, virtuosity, and ornamentation of works such as the five-part motet Virgo salutiferiwhich was probably written around the same time. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Due to the extreme length of the setting it might seem inappropriate for the liturgy, but the focus on Holy Week at Ferrara was well known, and in any case there are numerous spaces in the liturgy for extended meditations of the most austere kind, which this motet certainly is. Jazz Latin New Age.


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It is an extended prayer to the God against whom he believes he has sinned, based closely on Psalm 51, and unified by a boldface-type repetition of the phrase “Miserere mei, Deus” throughout the text. Intelligibility of sung text was not always a high priority for composers of the period, and this lack of intelligibility was a specific criticism Savonarola made of polyphonic music. Later in the 16th century, composers who specifically set the words of Savonarola, such as Adrian WillaertCipriano de Roreand Nicola Vicentinoall of whom wrote motets on Infelix egoused Josquin’s work as a model.

Sexy Trippy All Moods. During the s, des Duke of Ferrara, Ercole I d’Este, kept in close contact with Savonarola, who was also from Ferrara, and supported him in his efforts mizerere reform the Roman Catholic Church.

Even after Savonarola’s arrest, Duke Ercole attempted to have him freed, but his last letter to the church authorities in Florence, in Aprilwent unanswered. It is hardly surprising, given the quality of this and many others of his compositions, that the Low Countries musical community josquim itself bereft when, on Mel 27 AugustJosquin died.

Miserere mei Deus (Josquin Desprez)

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At the end of the Maundy Thursday Mass, the altar and sanctuary are stripped of all their decorations, leaving only the bare framework of the table exposed. The site is also available in several languages. One may compare, for instance, the openings of the second and third parts of the motet: About a dozen letters between the two survive: August Total duration: Adieu mes amours Ave Maria The motto theme begins each time on a different pitch, with the recurrences moving stepwise down the scale from E above middle C to the E an octave below, then back up again to the opening E, and then down stepwise to A fifth below, where the piece ends.


The predominant mode Josquin selects for his motet is the Phrygian, with a plangent half-step e to f in the opening phrase, and in the tenor cantus firmus.

The great Josquin Desprez betrayed knowledge of this meditation, writing for Duke Ercole I of Ferrarra another friend of Savonarola the first full-length polyphonic setting of this penitential Psalm. After Savonarola’s execution, Ercole, then in his eighties, probably commissioned his newly hired composer, Josquin, to write him a musical testament, very likely for performance during Holy Week of This page was last edited on 24 Juneat Sacred Songs of France, Vol.

Josquin des Prez: Miserere mei Deus

The Renaissance in Music. While overall the composition is in the Phrygian modedehs harmonized repetitions enforce tonal variety. Josquin’s setting of the Miserere was influential not only as a psalm setting, but as an example of how to approach the text of Infelix ego.

In addition, the length of the motto theme is halved once it begins its ascent out of the bass, and has its length returned to normal for the final descent from E to A. The Organ Tablature from Klagenfurt. Music from His Time.

This recurs after each of the 19 verses of the psalm. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.