World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Joshua F. Drake

Article Id: WHEBN0010206801
Reproduction Date:

Title: Joshua F. Drake  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: House of Bonaparte, Ottaviano Petrucci, Union University, Jacopo Buonaparte
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Joshua F. Drake

Dr. Joshua F. Drake
Born Tennessee
Occupation Musicologist, hymnist, academic

Dr. Joshua F. Drake is a musicologist and hymnist at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania.[1] His research, writing and presentations primarily analyze the structure of 15th century Latin Christian motets, which are a category of choral musical compositions. Drake is notable for his research and papers that challenge commonly held views regarding the relationship between words and music in motets of the late 15th century, as well as his discoveries related to the origins of the Buonaparte family.[2] He also serves on the editorial advisory board for "The Quad" Magazine. [3]

While the earliest motets originated during the 13th century, the relationship between words and music in 15th century is particularly significant in the study of music because it coincides with the Protestant Reformation, which completely reordered Western society and had a profound influence on the evolution of music.


Discoveries related to the Buonaparte family

Drake's research into Ms. Magl.XIX 164–7 located at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze uncovered previously unidentified emblems in the bassus partbook. Drake's further investigations led him to suggests that the emblems should be associated with the Buonaparte family and, perhaps, with Pope Clement VII's friend and advisor Jacopo Buonaparte who witnessed and wrote an important account of the sack of Rome (1527).

Drake makes this association because of the emblems' similarity to the Buonaparte coat of arms.

The partbooks he analyzed consist of 49 Italian, 24 French secular and 13 Latin sacred musical compositions from early composers such as Josquin, Heinrich Isaac, Sebastiano Festa and Bernardo Pisano and have been essential in reconstructing the life of Pisano.

Drake also suggests that the association with the Buonaparte family helps to explain the geographical disputes that exist due to the partbooks having a Roman binding yet a Florentine script and Florentine paper. He makes this further assertion in part because the Buonaparte family was Florentine but Jacopo Buonaparte spent a great deal of time in Rome, in addition to the coat of arms in the partbooks being so similar to those of the Buonapart family.[2]

Selected works

Books and media

  • Joshua Drake, Recovering Music Education as a Christian Liberal Art, (BorderStone Press, LLC) (2010).
  • Joshua Drake, Gene Veith and Timothy Chambers, Generation Joshua DVD: "Picturing America: A Different Lens!" (2009) [5]
  • Joshua Drake, Botticelli, The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, ed. G. Kurian, (Blackwell, Dec. 2008).
  • Joshua Drake, Donatello, The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, ed. G. Kurian, (Blackwell, Dec. 2008).
  • Joshua Drake, The Part-books of a Florentine Ex-Patriate: new light on Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Ms. Magl. XIX 164-7, Early Music (OUP), Vol. 33, no. 4 (Oct. 2005), pp. 639-646.[6]
  • Joshua Drake, Aesthetics, Context, and the Music of Obrecht, panel discussion (with panelists Jenny Bloxam (US), Jacobijn Kiel (NL), Sean Gallagher (US)) at the Annual Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, July 2004. Professor Drake was also on the programme committee for this conference and chaired a session.[7]
  • Joshua Drake, Randomness and Patterns: repeated texts in Petrucci’s Motet Prints, paper given at the Annual Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference, Jena, Germany, July 2003.[8]
  • Joshua Drake, The Part-books of a Florentine Ex-Patriate: new light on Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Ms. Magl. XIX 164-7, paper given at the Royal Musical Association, 36th Annual Music Research Students’ Conference, January 2003.
  • Joshua Drake, Worship Music In toto, Union Academic Forum, Union University (December 14, 2000).

Selected conferences

Selected hymns and music


As in the Days of Haggai WhenBehold, What Light Rolls Back the Sky?Eternal God, Mover UnmovedHoly Word of God, TheO Christian HomeSpirit Binds Us to Our Lord, The


FlandrensisForest GlenFrançaisHonoro PatrisLex NosterSchultz

Public availability of works here[10][11]

External links

  • Church Music Management System Database
  • Ingentaconnect
  • Project Muse, Scholarly Journals
  • Union University
  • University of Glasgow
  • Student Research, University of Glasgow


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.