Josquin des Prez: Absolon, fili mi (Renaissance)

• SATB choir, a cappella. 3′

Edited by Dean Crocker, 2011

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To the best of my knowledge, this music is in the public domain in the United States of America. I can not guarantee it to be in the public domain elsewhere. This music is not intended for distribution in any jurisdiction where it is not in the public domain. If you live in an area where this music is still protected under your copyright law, please do not download it!

Previously published, 1877 by Leo Liepmannssohn, Berlin, in Publikation älterer praktischer und theoretischer Music-Werke.
My new edition uses modern clefs, reduced note values, different pitch center and a little revoicing to better match modern vocal ranges.

Josquin des Prez (or Jossé Deprès or even Giosquin Del Prato!) , ca.‚ÄČ1450‒1521/08/27. During the 16th century, Josquin gradually acquired the reputation as the greatest composer of the age, his mastery of technique and expression universally imitated and admired. (200 years later, Charles Burney called him the “father of modern harmony.”) He was so admired that many anonymous compositions were attributed to him by copyists, probably to increase their sales.

Absolon, fili mi, quis det ut moriar pro te?
non vivam ultra, sed descendam in infernum plorans.

—paraphrase from 2 Samuel

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