Josquin Des Prez. Absalon, Fili Mi, motet for 4 parts (poss. spurious). Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter. Absalon fili mi (La Rue, Pierre de). Authorship Note This work was formerly attributed to Josquin Desprez. Movements/SectionsMov’ts/Sec’s, 1. Genre Categories. I re-open the question of Absalom fili mi with some diffidence. TVNM reade The attribution of Absalom to Josquin is found in three mid-century German.

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Drinking Hanging Out In Love. But there were four more Josquin works to go, including some cat-and-mouse counterpoint in “Salve Regina” and an intriguing alto-baritone duo in the middle of the solidly constructed “O bone et dulcissime Joosquin. The result is economical, symmetrical and rational; but it is also highly expressive, since the fuga subject fits the sound and mean- ing of the words so well.

For sheer sonic beauty, it’s pretty close to nirvana. Click here to sign up. In this configuration of stretto fuga, a fuga subject cannot move by step; instead it must be made out absaln falling thirds, rising fourths, falling fifths, rising sixths, rising octaves, or ornamental infillings of any of those intervals.


We have little knowledge of his early life, but it is known that in he was a singer at the Cathedral in Milan.

Note that the second of the five theoretical voices is missing from Absalon. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism.

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This likeli- hood increases significantly when strict fuga occurs in every section of a work. The opening declamatory “L’homme arme,” played while standing, was followed by “Absolon fili mi,” with its firmly undergirding baritone support and haunting sense of repeated descending lines.

Pierre de la Rue is not the only person who could have composed these passages in Absalon. Josquin des Prez or Pierre de la Rue Number of voices: Navigation menu Personal tools Log in Request account.

Frustratingly, this line of enquiry helps little with the question of who composed Absalon, since the author of the Florentine On est bien malade is himself unknown.

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Absalon Fili Mi, Josquin Desprez

With an impeccable sense of tonal balance, the ASQ displayed abswlon these characteristics supremely well, even without the crutch of words to lean against. On the contrary, it was used by other composers, though with surface variants that camouflage its underlying substance.

As for the flatwards spiral at the end of Absalon, it arises from the avoidance of augmented fourths and diminished fifths. Composer Biography Desprez, Josquin. The Golden Age, Vol. Then the entire progression repeats.


Not quite top of the pops: For sheer, unadulterated beauty, this concert must rank as one of the most memorable in the Amherst Saxophone Quartet’s 22 years of public life. It is a late work, possibly Josquin’s last mass setting, and was not published untilnearly 20 years after the composer’s death.

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Perhaps your browser cannot display it, or maybe it did not initialize correctly. The rise in importance of instrumental music in the 16th century illustrates the desire to create musical forms complete within themselves, not relying on words to carry deeper meaning. Web page content is available under the CPDL copyright license ; please see individual editions for their copyright terms. Miserere mei Deus – Sacred Motets.

Read Ivan Hewett’s listening notes for this piece. From Shayne Ward to Matt Terry: In Octoberits program called Renaissance Sax featured seven transcriptions of works by the Flemish composer josquin Desprez. Couldn’t a quartet of saxophones joswuin the four original voices? Sexy Trippy All Moods.

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