The Josquin Research Project


The Josquin Research Project (JRP) offers digital tools for accessing and analyzing music from ca. 1420-1520. Formed by Jesse Rodin in 2010 at Stanford University, the JRP hosts an ever-expanding database of scores that is fully searchable and browsable in a user-friendly format. Users can search the database by entering any string of pitches, interval successions, and/or rhythms. The JRP also offers a growing menu of analytical tools with which to approach both individual pieces and the repertory as a whole. These include:
  • Range. Displays the total range of each voice in a given composition, along with a graph showing information about the relative frequency of each note
  • Parallels. Highlights all parallel unisons, fifths, and octaves in a single composition or the entire repertory
  • Rhythm. Displays every breve-long rhythmic pattern in a single piece or the repertory as a whole
  • Dissonance. Highlights all dissonances in any complete score
  • Piano roll. Displays any score as a simple graph, with each voice represented by a distinct color
  • Activity Plot. Graphs the number of note attacks per measure in any composition

Project Team

    Jesse Rodin, Director jrodin at
    Craig Stuart Sapp, Technical Director    craigsapp at
    Clare Robinson, Team Leader clarer at
The JRP is also staffed by a team of undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford and other institutions.

Advisory Board

    Anna Maria Busse Berger (University of California, Davis)
    Mauro Calcagno (University of Pennsylvania)
    Michael Scott Cuthbert (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Theodor Dumitrescu (Berkeley, CA)
    David Fallows (Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester)
    Fabrice Fitch (Royal Northern College of Music)
    Sean Gallagher (Boston University)
    Nori Jacoby (Bar-Ilan University)
    Thomas Forrest Kelly (Harvard University)
    Youngmoo Kim (Drexel University)
    Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl (University of Salzburg)
    Birgit Lodes (University of Vienna)
    Patrick Macey (Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester)
    Honey Meconi (University of Rochester)
    Alejandro Enrique Planchart (Emeritus Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara)
    Richard Sherr (Smith College)
    Peter Urquhart (University of New Hampshire)
    Ge Wang (Stanford University)


Startup funding for the Josquin Research Project came from a Stanford University Hellman Faculty Scholar Fund grant in 2010. In 2012 Rodin and the JRP were awarded a Digital Innovation Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Thank Yous

We are grateful to the members of our Advisory Board and to Joshua Rifkin and Julie Cumming for their feedback and collaboration. Thanks too to those who have donated data:
    Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl and Agnese Pavanello, editors of Gaspar van Weerbeke, Collected Works Motets by Gaspar
    Theodor Dumitrescu, editor of The Other Josquin Several dozen works attributed to Josquin
    Alejandro Planchart, editor of the online Du Fay Opera Omnia Complete works of Guillaume Du Fay
    Rob Wegman, curator of the website Renaissance Masses, 1440-1520 Large database of mass music