Personalities | Jacob Obrecht | Renaissance | Classical

(Ya’-kob Ob’-rekht) c. 1450–1505
Franco-Flemish composer

Obrecht, who has long lived in the shadow of his more famous contemporary Josquin, may begin to receive the attention he deserves now that changes in Josquin’s biography show that many of the musical developments once attributed to him first appeared in Obrecht’s music. Innovator or not, Obrecht was a composer of considerable talent. He worked throughout his life in the Low Countries, though he travelled in southern Europe, notably to Ferrara in 1487. He was most prolific in Mass composition and around 25 of these are extant; he later wrote in the parody Mass form and chansons.

Recommended Recording:
Missa Maria zart, Tallis Scholars (dir) Peter Phillips (Gimell)

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