Josquin Desprez (c. 1450–1455 – 1521) was a French/Flemish composer of High Renaissance music. He was one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance and profoundly influenced the music of 16th-century Europe. Building on the work of his predecessors, Guillaume Du Fay and Johannes Ockeghem, he developed a complex style of polyphony. Josquin was a singer, and his compositions are mainly vocal. They include masses, motets and secular chansons.