Josquin Des Prez (±1450-1521): Absalon, fili mi

Josquin’s motet Absalon, fili mi is unique. The text in which David mourns the killing of his son Absalon who had risen in rebellion against him deviates from the Biblical text and was almost certainly compiled by Josquin himself: Absalon fili mi, quis det ut moriar pro te, Absalon? Non vivam ultra (from Job) ,…

Josquin Des Prez (±1450-1521): Tu solus qui facis mirabilia

Josquin’s motet ‘Tu solus qui facis mirabilia‘ became very popular throughout Italy, so popular did it become that Ottaviano Petrucci printed it as a separate complete work rather than as part of an anthology in 1503. It’s a Passion motet that dates from around 1470 when Josquin was employed at the court of Duke Galeazzo…