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Johannes Ockeghem

(c. 1410—1497)

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Alexander Agricola

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(b c.1446; d Valladolid, Aug. 1506).

Franco-Flemish composer. Like many of his contemporaries, he spent much of his career in Italy—at Milan, Florence, and, with the...

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Antoine Busnois

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(b c.1430; d Bruges, 1492).

Fr. composer. May have been pupil or colleague of Ockeghem. Was for long in service of Charles the Bold (who became Duke of Burgundy in...

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arts of love

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

From the 12th c., court literature gave a large place to the description of love and its effects on individuals and social life. It turned on Ovid's ars amatoria, translated ...

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Binchois

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(b ?Mons, c.1400; d Soignies, 20 Sept. 1460).

Burgundian composer. He is first heard of as an organist at the church of Ste Waudru, Mons, in 1419. In 1423 he ...

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Flemish music

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

With the sole exception of Sweelinck, the creative musical life of the Netherlands was centred in the southern provinces, where a succession of composers created one of the richest musical...

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Guillaume Crétin

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(c.1460–1525),

Frenc poet associated with the rhétoriqueurs. He pursued a career in the Church and also composed a substantial corpus of poetry, some of which is associated with...

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Guillaume Dufay

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(b Bersele, nr. Brussels, 1397; d Cambrai, 1474).

Fr. composer. Illegitimate son of a priest, took his mother's name of Du Fayt. Known in his early years as Willem Du Fayt, later...

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Johannes Cornago

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(b c.1400; d after 1474).

Spanish church musician and composer. He graduated in theology from the University of Paris in 1449. Soon afterwards he entered the service of...

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John Dunstaple

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(b c.1390; d24 Dec. 1453).

English composer. His biography is obscure. According to his epitaph (which firmly establishes the date of his death), he was respected in...

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Josquin Desprès

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(b ?Picardy, c.1440; d Condé‐sur‐l'Escaut, Hainaut, 1521).

Fr.‐Flemish composer. Possibly a pupil of Ockeghem. From c. 1459 to 1504 was in It., first as singer in Milan Cath. and...

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