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Jacquet de Berchem

(c. 1505—1567)


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(b Berchem-lez-Anvers, nr Antwerp, c.1505; d Monópoli, nr Bari, before March 1567). Franco-Flemish composer. He was based in Italy, and is frequently confused with his contemporary Jachet of Mantua. Following a period of residence in Venice in the 1530s, in 1546 he was appointed maestro di cappella at nearby Verona Cathedral. Later he moved south to Monópoli, where in 1553 he married into a local noble family. Berchem is important for his many madrigal settings. These include a cycle called Capriccio (published in 1561, but composed earlier), which sets no fewer than 91 stanzas of Ariosto's epic poem Orlando furioso.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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