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Music and Patronage in the Court of René d’Anjou

Sacred and Secular Music in the Literary Program and Ceremonial

This study is based on newly recovered documentation pertaining to music and the patronage of music in the court of René d’Anjou, especially on the singers of his chapel. The book includes unpublished notarial records of Josquin Desprez and other musicians. These findings — some of which alter our assessment of musicians’ biographies and service, primary sources, and repertoire — are considered in the context the literary program, theatrical productions, visual culture, liturgical observance, and ceremonial of the court.

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Table of Contents

1. The Ceremonial and the Foundation of the Polyphonic Chapel, 1447–1459 
2. Literary Exchange: A Context for Musical Composition
3. The Notated Chansonniers
4. Feminine Way and Feminine Voice
5. The Golden Legend in Provence   
6. Lyric Threads, Music Production, and the Theatre
7. Music in Mystery Plays 1446–1472
8. Mystery and Morality Plays in the 1470s: Stage Directions and Performance for Josquin and His Colleagues
9. Documents of Josquin Desprez: The Composer in the Context of the Court
10. René’s Marian Program of the Late 1470s and Music
11. Conclusions: Repertoire Heard in the Court

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