Josquin des Prez Discography
Compiled by Jerome F. Weber
This discography of Josquin des Prez (Josquin Lebloitte dit des Prez, formerly cited as Josquin Desprez or Josquin des Près and alphabetized under D, J or P), adopts the format of the Du Fay discography previously posted on this website. It may be noted that at least three book titles since 2000 have named him simply “Josquin,” bypassing the spelling problem.
Acknowledgment is due to Pierre-F. Roberge and Todd McComb for an exhaustive list of records containing Josquin’s music in www.medieval.org/emfaq. It incorporates listings from the work of Sydney Robinson Charles in Josquin des Prez: A Guide to Research (Garland Composer Resource Manuals, 1983) and Peter Urquhart in The Josquin Companion (ed. Richard Sherr, Oxford, 2000), which continued where Charles left off. The last two lists each included a title index. This work has also used the following publications already incorporated in the three cited discographies. The 78rpm and early LP eras were covered in discographic format by The Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia of Recorded Music (three editions, 1936, 1942, 1948) and The World’s Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music (three volumes, 1952, 1953, 1957). James Coover and Richard Colvig compiled Medieval and Renaissance Music on Long-Playing Records in two volumes (1964 and 1973), and Trevor Croucher compiled Early Music Discography from Plainsong to the Sons of Bach (Oryx Press, 1981). The Index to Record Reviews compiled by Kurtz Myers (G. K. Hall, 1978) provided useful information. Michael Gray’s classical-discography.org has furnished many details. David Fallows offered many valuable suggestions. Stephen Grabow identified the contents of a rare CD.
Works are listed alphabetically in three groups: Masses (page 2), Motets including all other Latin-texted works (page 11), and Songs (page 43). Works published in the New Josquin Edition (NJE) are identified by number. Dubious or unauthentic works are italicised, largely following the works list in The New Grove Dictionary of Music (2000). The recordings of each work are arranged chronologically, citing conductor, ensemble, date of recording if known, and timing if available; then the format of the recording (ac, 78, 45, 33, LP, 45LP, LP quad, MC, CD, SACD, DVD), the label and the issue number(s). Each recorded performance is indicated, if known, as: with instruments (w/i), no instruments (n/i), or instrumental only. Album titles of mixed collections are added. The data on unavailable recordings, based on available information, have not been confirmed. Many entries (those that lack timings, more or less) have not been available for confirmation of all details. The first sixteen recordings (of eighteen works) and the first six complete Mass recordings are numbered. Seven motets are unrecorded, only one of them authentic, and seven songs are unrecorded, five of them authentic.
Additions and corrections may be conveyed to the compiler for inclusion in a revised version of the work. Go to Chantdiscography.com and click on ‘contact us’. A scan of a CD booklet that provides needed data would be invaluable.
In the same series: discographies of composers and subjects ranging from the 12th to the 16th centuries.
PMMS Josquin des Prez Discography December 2020 (opens pdf)
May 2016; revised January 2017; revised January 2018; revised January 2019; revised September 2019; revised August 2020; revised December 2020.