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Josquin's Rome: Hearing and Composing in the Sistine Chapel

Jesse Rodin


In the late 15th century the newly built Sistine Chapel was home to a vigorous culture of musical composition and performance. Josquin des Prez stood at its center, singing and composing for the pope’s private choir. This book offers a new reading of Josquin’s Roman compositions in light of the repertory he and his fellow papal singers performed from the chapel’s singers’ box. Comprising the single largest surviving corpus of late 15th-century sacred music, these pieces served as a backdrop for elaborately choreographed liturgical ceremonies—a sonic analogue to the frescoes by Botticelli, Peru ... More

Keywords: sistine chapel [Cappella Sistina], Josquin des Prez, Rome, musical style, musical borrowing, historiography, 15th century, Italian Renaissance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844302
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Rodin, author
Stanford University