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Antoine Brumel (01/01/1460 - 01/01/1513)

Antoine Brumel was certainly one of the most important composers in his time, mentioned by writers such as Eloy d’Amerval, Ornithoparchus, Heyden, Rabelais, Gaffurio, Glareano, Coclico, Finck, Zarlino, Morley and even the macaronic-goliardic poet Teofilo Folengo. He was probably the most illustrious victim of a musicological discipline traditionally centred on the figure of Josquin Desprez.

Brumel was the first great French rather than Flemish Renaissance composer. It seems that he was born near Nogent-le-Rotrou (the town may have been called “Brumel”), and his name appears for the first time in 1483 in Chartres, where he served as an altar boy at the Cathedral, with the title horarius et matutinarius. There can be absolutely no doubt as to how much Brumel was admired if, in 1501, Duke Filiberto il Bello appointed him cantor to the Ducal Chapel, enthusiastically extolling his worth and merits, and confirming this with a very high salary. His fame was increasingly widespread and this is confirmed by the performance of his works throughout Europe: Palestrina ordered his Masses to be sung in Rome and, in 1508, when Luther arrived in Wittenberg, his music was performed with compositions by Desprez and De la Rue, in the Saxony Chapel of Duke Friedrich the Wise.

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