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Josquin: Masses-Di Dadi

Magazine article Gramophone

Josquin: Masses-Di Dadi

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Josquin

Masses--Di dadi; Une mousse de Biscaye The Tallis Scholars/ Peter Phillips Gimell (F) CDGIM048 (71' * DDD * T/t)

One of the sad things about Josquin research is that works are judged spurious--or even just possibly spurious--and then get forgotten entirely. That is partly because there are so many superb Josquin works that are beyond doubt; but all the same it is a pity. Besides, the case of the Missa Une mousse de Biscaye has been one of the most energetically argued over the years, both for and against. The main issues here are that there are a lot of dissonances that are uncharacteristic of his mature style; and the main counter-argument is that in his early years he was experimenting with many different styles. Either way, there seems not to have been a recording of it since 1959, which is a great pity, because it is a marvellous piece, whoever composed it. Some years ago I went on record as thinking that, on balance, it was probably not by Josquin. …

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