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Burgundian school

in The Oxford Companion to Music


Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199579037

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A term occasionally used, somewhat misleadingly, to refer to the great succession of 15th- and 16th-century composers who were born and trained in the Low Countries (present-day Holland, Belgium, and northern France) but were often resident elsewhere in Europe during their adult careers. The succession certainly existed, probably as a result of the rigorous training that boy choristers received in the churches and cathedrals of the Low Countries. However, the area involved extends beyond the regions governed by the dukes of Burgundy (which included, at various times, Flanders, Artois, Brabant, Hainaut, Holland, Limbourg, and Luxembourg), and it is clear that the Burgundian court itself was only partly responsible for fostering this rich musical tradition. More inclusive terms, although again not wholly accurate, are ‘Franco-Flemish’ and ‘Franco-Netherlandish’....

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Subjects: Music

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