Reference Entry

Perrichon, Julien

Ruth K. Inglefield

in Oxford Music Online

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

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(b Paris, Nov 6, 1566; d ?Paris, c1600). French lutenist and composer. He was the son of Jehan Perrichon, court viol and shawm player. His early lute studies were probably with the famous Vaumesnil, valet de chambre and lutenist to the king from 1560 to 1574. Perrichon may have continued his training with Vaumesnil’s successors, Jean de La Fontaine and Samuel de La Roche; the ‘young Perrichon’ is mentioned in court records from 1576 to 1578 as a student of the lute. By 1595 he was valet de chambre and lute player to King Henri IV. Apparently he died a few years later: Antoine Francisque, in his Trésor d’Orphée of 1600, spoke of him in the past tense.

Perrichon was accorded unusual recognition in his own day. Praetorius described him as an excellent master. Mary Burwell also mentioned him in her lutebook (1652, GB-BEcr ), and in ...

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Subjects: High Renaissance Music (1500-1600)

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