Pierre de La Rue

(c. 1452—1518)

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(b ?Tournai, c.1460; d Courtrai, 1518).

Flemish composer. Singer at Siena Cath. 1483–5. Returned to Netherlands c.1490 and was ten. at 's Hertogenbosch Cath. 1489–92 and in Burgundian court chapel. Moved to Mechelen 1508. Became abbot at Courtrai 1516. Exemplar of medieval Netherlands style of comp. Wrote 31 Masses, mostly on plainchant cantus firmus but some on secular tunes, e.g. ‘L'Homme armé’. About 30 motets survive, also 30 secular chansons.

Subjects: Music.

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