Johannes Ockeghem

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Aliases: Jean de Ockegham; Johannes Ockenheim; Johannes Okeghem; Johannes Okchem; Johannes Ogkegum; Jean de Hocquegam


Born: c. 1410-1425

Died: 6 February 1497


Johannes Ockeghem was the most famous composer of the Franco-Flemish School in the last half of the 15th century, and is often considered the most influential composer between Dufay and Josquin des Prez. In addition to being a renowned composer, he was also an honored singer, choirmaster, and teacher.

Around 39 spellings of his last name are recorded, Ockeghem as well as Okeghem being used in the Chigi codex, the most important source of his works. E. Giraudet (1885) proposed Jean de Ockeghem as a standard spelling based on a purported signature, since lost. Glareanus (1547) germanizes it to Johannes Ockenheim; other versions fall somewhere between Jan Hocquegam and Obghuen. More discussion may be found on the page.

View the Wikipedia article on Johannes Ockeghem.

List of choral works

Op.a Genre Title Voices Comments
1.1 Mass Missa Quinti toni 3
1.2 Mass Missa sine nomine 3
1.3 Mass Missa au travail suis 4 Parody of chanson by Ockeghem or Barbinguant
1.4 Mass Missa cuiusvis toni 4
1.5 Mass Missa De plus en plus 4
1.6 Mass Missa Ecce ancilla Domini 4
Mass Missa Gaudeamus 4
1.7 Mass Missa L'homme armé 4
2.9 Mass Missa Mi-Mi 4
2.10 Mass Missa prolationum 4
2.11 Mass Missa Caput 4 Tenor from antiphon Venit ad Patrem
2.12 Mass Movement Credo sine nomine 4 Paraphrase of Credo I
2.13 Mass Missa Fors seulement 5 Parody of own chanson
2.14 Mass Missa sine nomine 5 Kyrie, gloria & credo
2.15 Requiem Missa pro defunctis 4 Chigi codex, no. 15 (Introitus, Kyrie, Tractus & Communio)
2.16 Mass Missa "Pour quelque paine" 4 Dubious, attrib. Cornelius Heyns in one source
3.1 Motet Alma Redemptoris Mater 4
3.2 Motet Ave Maria 4
3.3 Motet Intemerata Dei mater 5
3.4? Motet Salve ReginaI? 4
3.5 Motet Ut heremita solus 4 Textless
3.6 Vivit Dominus
3.7 Celeste beneficium doubtful
3.8 Canon Deo gratias (36 part canon) 36 Of dubious attribution
Canon Sanctus 4 canon 4 in 2
3.102 Chanson Au traveil suis 3 Possibly by Barbingant (fl.c.1470)
1 Chanson Aultre Venus estés 3
2 Chanson Baisiés moy dont fort 3
3 Chanson D'un autre amer 3
4 Chanson Fors seulement l'actente 3 M. Picker Fors Seulement: Thirty Compositions (RRMMA&ER xiv) gives 2 versions: "1a" (Dijon ms., w/o dotted rhythms) and "1b" (other sources & parody mass)
5 Chanson Fors seullement contre 3 Same melody as Fors seulement l'actente"", but set in bass (Picker's version "2")
6 Chanson Il ne m'en chault 3
7, 7a Chanson J'en ay dueil 4
9 Chanson L'autre d'antan
8 Chanson La despourveue
10 Chanson Les desléaulx ont la saison
3.78 Chanson Ma bouche rit 3
12 Chanson Ma maistresse
3.86 Lament Mort tu as navrè de ton dart 4 Lament on the death of Binchois
14 Chanson O rosa bella
15 Chanson Prenez sur moi 3 fuga trium vocum
16 Chanson Presque transi
18, 18a Chanson Qu'es mi vida preguntays 4 Johannes Cornago
17 Chanson Quant de vous seul
19 Chanson S'elle m'amera/Petite camusette
20 Chanson Se vostre cuer eslongne
21 Chanson Tant fuz gentement resjouy
22 Chanson Ung aultre l'a
23 Au travail suis doubtful
24 Departs vous doubtful
25 Malheur me bat doubtful
26 Permanente vierge doubtful
Mass Missa Ma maitresse 4 Chigi codex, no. 7 (incomplete)
a. Opere, ed. Plamenac

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Modern editions are the Collected Works edited by Dragan Plamenac (1927-1959) and the Masses and Mass Sections edited by Jap van Benthem

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