Josquin des Prez’s Motet Qui velatus facie and the Canonization of St. Bonaventure in 1482
1st prize winner of the Friends of Fondren Library Undergraduate Research Awards, 2018. This paper was originally prepared for Course MUSI 449, Spring 2017: Undergraduate Independent Study, given by Professor Peter Loewen, Department of Music History.
On the basis of historical and stylistic evidence, I argue that Josquin des Prez’s motet Qui velatus facie was a response to St. Bonaventure’s canonization in 1482. In fact, my research supports the claims of Andrea Adami that Josquin was in the service of the Franciscan Pope Sixtus IV at the time he composed the motet, and that either Sixtus or a contemporary Roman cardinal commissioned Qui velatus facie. Josquin’s habit of traveling frequently has been a primary source of confusion in tracking the details of his career; therefore, connecting Qui velatus facie with Bonaventure’s canonization would place Josquin in Rome around 1482.