Josquin Deprez, French composer (1450-1521).

He wrote several chansons such as "Adieu mes amours" which was composed around 1480. It is a secular chanson; other composers such as Francesco de Layolle in his Mass “Adieu mes amours” used to combine the parody with the cantus firmus technique in this particular chanson.

When Josquin was composing this chanson he was selected to be part of a chanson’s compilation in honor to Francesco Gonzaga. Only the greatest composers of that time could be part of this compilation and 6 six chansons by Josquin were part of it.


Musically this chanson is set in four voices. I have noticed dissonances such as seconds and sevenths. It does not contain parallel movements of voices, which is relatively new in this period. The evident canon between the voices in both parts of this chanson is a nice detail. The connection between music and text is light but it is present in this chanson, I say light because it is not too evident like in his further compositions. There is a notable preference for chords in root position, all the movement of voices in this chanson are in chords, but mixed with the polyphony technique. The text has a popular sense and it is set in French language.


Personally I have enjoyed more other works composed by Josquin such as: "Ave Maria Virgo Serena" (Motet), 'L'homme arme" (Mass) or even "El Grillo" (chanson) but I decided to pick this chanson because it is part of the earliest works composed by Josquin. For me have been interesting to see the movement of this four voices with it carefully treatment of the harmony avoiding landini cadences and using some dissonances in a nicely way not forcing innovations at all. When I looked at his huge catalog, I could see a steady increase of creativity and innovation through his music.

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