Today we go back over 500 years to 1480. One could well imagine Christopher Columbus setting in a parlor listening to this as he persuaded Queen Isabella to hock her jewelry.
Josquin Des Prez was the musical legend of the times. He was famous in all the courts and finer homes in Europe. Probably because of the newly invented printing press.
“During the 16th century, Josquin gradually acquired the reputation as the greatest composer of the age, his mastery of technique and expression universally imitated and admired. Writers as diverse as Baldassare Castiglione and Martin Luther wrote about his reputation and fame, with Luther declaring that “he is the master of the notes. They must do as he wills; as for the other composers, they have to do as the notes will.” Theorists such as Heinrich Glarean and Gioseffo Zarlino held his style as that best representing perfection. He was so admired that many anonymous compositions were attributed to him by copyists, probably to increase their sales. More than 370 works are attributed to him; it was only after the advent of modern analytical scholarship that some of these attributions were challenged, and revealed as mistaken, on the basis of stylistic features and manuscript evidence.”