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Certon, Pierre

Aimé Agnel

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(d Paris, Feb 23, 1572). French composer. He may have been a native of Melun, where in 1527 ‘Jehan Certon’ was documented as ‘fermier du fourrage’ to the king. Certon was appointed matins clerk at Notre Dame, Paris, on 29 October 1529. On 26 September 1530 he was summoned before the chapter for playing ball in the square of Notre Dame and refusing to attend the service; only his youth saved him from a prison sentence. On 8 May 1532 he became clerk at the Ste Chapelle under Canon Odon de Colligny, son of Gaspard de Colligny and brother of the Admiral of France. On 15 November 1536, while still merely a clerk, he was appointed Master of the Choristers. He held that post, adding to it benefices within the diocese, until his death.

In a document of 1567 he is accorded the title, doubtless purely honorary, of ‘chantre de la chapelle du Roy’. Three years later, on the title-page of his chanson collection ...

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