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David Fallows, Josquin. Turnhout, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Brepols, 2009. xvii + 522 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-53065-9.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 July 2010

Sean Gallagher
Boston University


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1 Remarkably, this is the first such book on Josquin to appear in English. The Josquin Companion, ed. Richard Sherr (Oxford, 2000), though different in its objectives and the work of many hands, is the only recent publication comparable in scope. Its excellent essays, to which Fallows often has occasion to refer, take account of changes in Josquin's biography that had emerged by the late 1990s.

2 Fallows, David, ‘Approaching a New Chronology for Josquin: An Interim Report’, Schweizer Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft, 19 (1999), pp. 131150Google Scholar .

3 For arguments against identifying this “Des Pres” with Josquin, see Rifkin, Joshua, ‘Compere, “Des Pres”, and the Choirmasters of Cambrai: Omnium bonorum plena Reconsidered’, Acta musicologica, 81 (2009), pp. 5573Google Scholar . Rifkin also offers reasons for doubting any connection between Compère's motet and Cambrai.

4 Joshua Rifkin, ‘A Black Hole? Problems in the Motet around 1500’ (conference paper presented in Bangor, 2007; currently in press).

5 Rifkin, Joshua, ‘Munich, Milan, and a Marian Motet: Dating Josquin's Ave Maria . . . virgo serena, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 56 (2003), pp. 239350CrossRefGoogle Scholar .