Johannes Ghiselin


Born: 1455; The Netherlands   Died: 1510  
While many composers of the mid-renaissance are perceived as merely lurking in the towering shadow of Josquin des Prez, South Netherlands composer Johannes Ghiselin was a figure who may have had such status in life. Ghiselin's real name was Verbonnet; Guillaume Crétin identified Ghiselin as a student of Ockeghem, and the suggestion that Ghiselin was active in the court of Charles the Bold in the 1470s remains unsubstantiated. The first direct Read more documentation of Ghiselin comes from 1491 when Isabella d'Este of the royal court of Ferrara sends Ghiselin to France to engage singers. In 1492-1493, Ghiselin was active in Florence, and in 1494 he composed a piece in honor of Margaret of Austria's departure from Paris, Le cueur la syuit; it appears Ghiselin was connected with the French royal court through at least 1501. That year, Ghiselin sent manuscript copies of music of Josquin to the court in Ferrara, and several of his own works through an intermediary; in 1503, Ercole d'Este called for them both. That year, Venetian printer Ottaviano Petrucci published a volume of masses of Ghiselin, the second music publication devoted to a single composer (the first was of Josquin's music) and only the fourth Petrucci print.

In 1505, Ghiselin and Josquin both fled Ferrara owing to an outbreak of plague; Jacob Obrecht, who had joined them at Ercole's court, did not get out in time and died there. Ghiselin ultimately sought refuge in the Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom, where his presence is recorded in 1507; afterward, there is no mention of his name in surviving registries, suggesting that Ghiselin died sometime before 1511.

Most of Ghiselin's extant music -- six masses and two mass fragments, 13 motets, 20 secular chansons, and a pair of purely instrumental pieces -- are known from the Petrucci prints. Ghiselin's whole output was edited by Clytus Gottwald for Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae between 1961 and 1968. As most of the secular chansons are missing their texts, it makes them difficult to date; however, most of Ghiselin's extant music appears to have been written in the last two decades of the fifteenth century with a few works belonging to the first decade of the sixteenth; Ghiselin's four-voice setting of the popular tune La Spagna is the earliest polyphonic version of that piece. According to Andreas Ornithoparchus, Johannes Ghiselin was among the most famous composers of his day, though remaining so in light of Josquin's titanic reputation has proven difficult for figures far more productive and aesthetically considerable than he. Read less
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  • 1.
    Amours Amours Amours - Lute Duos Around 1500 / Schroder, Young
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922513 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marbrianus de Orto,  Jean Japart,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Isaac Albéniz  ... 
    Performer:  Guitar] Crawford [Lute Young,  Guitar] Karl-Ernst [Lute Schröder
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    The Spy's Choirbook
    Label: Obsidian Records   Catalog: 712 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Mouton,  Antoine de Févin,  Anonymous,  Pierre de La Rue  ... 
    Conductor:  David Skinner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble,  London Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble
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    The Birth Of The Violin / Le Miroir De Musique
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 333 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacob Obrecht,  Josquin Des Préz,  Johannes Ghiselin,  Johannes Regis  ... 
    Conductor:  Baptiste Romain
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Miroir de Musique
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    Luz Del Alva: Spanish Songs And Instrumental Music Of The Early Renaissance
    Label: Ramee   Catalog: 1203 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joan Ambrosio Dalza,  Anonymous,  Juan Ponçe,  Joao de Badajós  ... 
    Conductor:  Michal Gondko,  Corina Marti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Morra
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    L'Italie Renaissance / Dadre, Doulce Memoire
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5303 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Baldassar Castiglione,  Lorenzo Il Magnifico,  Cristóbal de Morales,  Various  ... 
    Performer:  Denis Raisin-Dadre,  Pascale Boquet
    Conductor:  Denis Raisin-Dadre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Doulce Mémoire,  Doulce Mémoire
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    Dutch Diversity / Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam
    Label: Globe   Catalog: 5250 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Phalčse,  Anonymous,  Guus Janssen,  Johannes Martini  ... 
    Performer:  Ramon Lormans,  Guus Janssen,  Greetje Bijma
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brisk Recorder Quartet
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    Music From The Court Of Burgundy / Ciaramella
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 5785 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Pullois,  Guillaume Dufay,  Johannes Ciconia,  Grimace  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ciaramella
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    La Declinaison De La Femme / Encantar
    Label: Phaedra   Catalog: 92069 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Pierre de La Rue,  Costanzo Festa,  Francesco Spinacino  ... 
    Performer:  Floris De Rycker,  Sofie Vanden Eynde,  Kerlijne Van Nevel,  Sarah Abrams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Encantar
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    La Spagna - A Tune Through Three Centuries / Paniagua, Madrid Atrium Musicae
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1963 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Buchner,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Fabricio Caroso,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza  ... 
    Conductor:  Gregorio Paniagua
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atrium Musicae
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    The Art Of The Netherlands
    Label: Virgin Records   Catalog: 28497 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Alexander Agricola  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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    Playing With Fire - Art Of The Renaissance Instrumentalist
    Label: Folger Consort   Catalog: 5637300081 Release Date: 02/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Francisco de la Torre,  Francesco Da Milano,  King VIII Henry  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Eisenstein,  Tina Chancey,  David Douglass,  Christopher Kendall  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folger Consort
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    Music Of His Time - Raphael
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558119 Release Date: 10/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Alexander Agricola,  Josquin Des Préz,  Johannes Ghiselin  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Posch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn
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    The David Munrow Edition - The Art Of The Netherlands
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61334 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous,  Heinrich Isaac,  Hayne van Ghizeghem  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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    At The Sign Of The Crumhorn - Flemish Songs And Dance Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554425 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Carolus Souliaert,  Johannes Ghiselin,  Josquin Baston  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Edlund
    Conductor:  Sven Berger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Convivium Musicum
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    A Flemish Feast - Flemish Renaissance Wind Music / Piffaro
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 457609 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Alexander Agricola,  Tylman Susato,  Johannes Brassart  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Zajac,  George Hoyt,  Grant Herreid
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piffaro
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    The Triumphs Of Maximilian - Senfl, Isaac, Des Prez, Et Al
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 04/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig Senfl,  Heinrich Finck,  Georg Rhau,  Heinrich Isaac  ... 
    Performer:  John Potter
    Conductor:  Philip Thorby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London
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