Todd Michel McComb
2020-12-10 19:32:01 UTC
So 2021 is the 500th anniversary of the death of Josquin Desprez.
According to some people, he's the greatest composer in Western
music history. I don't have any particular interest in engaging
with that debate per se, and don't necessarily even consider him
to be the best of his era myself, but did want to contextualize the
Are there people here who will be interested and/or following the
releases? I hope there are many releases. There have been a few
already, and my intent is to review all of them (well, depending
on volume & perhaps not if done in a modern style, etc.)....
This is far from symbolic for me. Pace discussions elsewhere in
this group (to which I often cannot relate), I'd say that much of
Josquin's best music has received mediocre (at best) renditions to
this point. Getting the understanding together AND getting the
vocal technique together has taken a long time. To this point,
pace the other conversation, I'd say most of "the music" (in the
abstract/silly Kantian or Platonic sense) has been left on the page
-- so to speak. Some gets through.
I've been eager for improved performances around this repertory for
a long time, and am hoping the anniversary will spur much. I mean,
things have continued to improve, slowly....