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Martin, Claude

Frank Dobbins

in Oxford Music Online

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

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(b Couches; fl 1549–57). French theorist and composer. Together with Loys Bourgeois, he was one of the first to satisfy a growing demand among the French nobility and bourgeoisie by publishing treatises explaining musical techniques. The first version of his Elementorum musices practicae pars prior (Paris, 1550/R) was dedicated to the humanist parliamentarian Jean de Brinon. Its two parts explain melodic and rhythmic notation, following the mainstream of earlier theoretical writings. It ends with two four-voice ‘exercises’ on Virgil's Dulces exuviae. In 1556 he provided an abbreviated, simplified version in French which could compete with the similar vernacular treatises by Guilliaud, Jambe de Fer and Menehou printed by N. Du Chemin between 1554 and 1558. A Magnificat and nine chansons by him were published in collections printed by Du Chemin. The chansons are typical of the Parisian genre of the mid-16th century. Most of the texts are ...

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