Josquin de Prez

January 01, 1450 – August 27, 1521

Early Music Period

Born in Belgium

Josquin de Prez is considered the greatest composer of his time. Known for his motets, masses, and songs, he worked in several important positions at courts and churches in both France and Italy. One trait he became known for was his ability to convey the images and emotions expressed in a text musically. Many details of his life are unknown, but we do know that he held a high reputation during his lifetime that remains today.