A remarkable discovery that changed the face of Josquin scholarship..
We were asked to consult on this important English painting by the anonymous ‘Master of the Countess of Warwick’ from the sixteenth-century belonging to a private collection on behalf of the Weiss Gallery in London. Having admired the precision of the musical text in the painting and expecting it to be a contemporaneous English source we eventually drewa blank. With the help of Kerry McCarthy, a friend and William Byrd expert, we finally revealed the text as a motet of the Burgundian court composer, Josquin des Prez. For decades historians of English music have murmured about his possible influence and reception in England, but considered any evidence to be far-fetched or coincidental. It was more than a surprise therefore to find such compelling evidence in the hands of a teenage boy of the late 1550s.