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Isabel Pope and Tess Knighton

(fl 1506–9). Iberian composer. A native of Barcelona, he became maestro de capilla at the cathedral there on 19 January 1506. By 1 March 1508 he was appointed singer in the Aragonese royal chapel of Ferdinand V. He appears to have stayed there less than six months and in summer ...

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(d ?Seville, before Sept 4, 1504). Spanish maestro de capilla. He may be identifiable with Alonso de Alba.

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Lawrence F. Bernstein

(b ?Cadéac; fl 1538–56). French composer and choirmaster. He was master of the choirboys in Auch, Gascony, according to the title-page of his Missa ‘Alma Redemptoris’ printed by Du Chemin in 1556. He must have been in Auch before this, however, for Bernard du Poey (Toulouse, ...

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Pierre M. Tagmann and Iain Fenlon

(b Mantua; fl 1580–1608). Italian organist, choirmaster and composer. All that is known of his career associates him with Mantua. In 1580 and 1581 and between 1601 and 1608 Cantino served as organist at Mantua Cathedral, and it is known that in 1589...

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(b Burgos, 1571). Spanish choirmaster. He was maestro de capilla at Burgos Cathedral from 1535 until his death. Hilarión Eslava (Breve memoria histórica de la música religiosa en España, Madrid, 1860; Lira sacro-hispana, Madrid, 1869) mistakenly suggested that he and Rodrigo de Ceballos...

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Frank Dobbins

(fl 1568–76). French choirmaster and music editor. In 1568 he was maître de musique at the collegiate church of St André in Grenoble. By 1576 he had moved to Paris, where he worked for his friend Nicolas Du Chemin as an editor and as tutor to his three children. He appears as an editor in only one surviving print, ...

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Donna G. Cardamone and Kristine Forney

(b Valenciennes, c1520; d Antwerp, April 1582). Flemish composer and choirmaster. His revised birthdate is based in part on a document dated 1581 which claims that he was already grey or white (‘ja gris ou blanc’). According to a sonnet in his ...

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(b ?Antwerp; d Elsinore, Nov 13, 1586). Danish composer, organist and choirmaster of Flemish birth. He is said to have left his native country because of religious persecution under Philip II, but he may have been invited to Copenhagen by the Danish King Christian III, who had good connections in other European countries. He was first named as an organist in the Danish royal chapel in ...

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Bonnie J. Blackburn

(b Lodi, Jan 14, 1451; d Milan, June 25, 1522). Italian theorist, composer and choirmaster. At home in both speculative and practical music, he was the first theorist to have a substantial number of his writings published, and his influence can be traced for more than a century, both in Italy and abroad....

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J. Bunker Clark

(b in or nr Worcester, c1558; d Windsor, Jan 24, 1634). English composer, organist and choirmaster. He was the son of William Gyles (d 1568), a parishioner of St Clement’s, Worcester, and a member of a well-known Worcester family. Thomas Giles, vicar-choral at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, was apparently not related. Nathaniel was probably a pupil of John Colden (...

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Lawrence F. Bernstein

(fl 1530–45). French composer and choirmaster. The only known biographical information comes from the title-page of his book of motets published by Attaingnant in 1545. It states that Le Heurteur was a priest, serving as canon and preceptor of the choirboys at St Martin, Tours. Virtually all his music appeared in Parisian or Lyonnaise prints between ...

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Allan W. Atlas

(b Noyon, early 16th century; d Rome, 27–31 Dec 1573). French choir director and composer, active in Italy. The earliest known documents concerning his career indicate that he was a chaplain at S Maria Maggiore and the director of its Cappella Liberiana. As such, he may have had the young Palestrina in his charge. On ...

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Allan W. Atlas and Mitchell Brauner

( fl 1538–53). French musician active in Italy . From at least 13 June 1538 until 24 April 1539 he was director of the Cappella Liberiana at S Maria Maggiore in Rome. Among the singers in his charge was the young Palestrina, whom he probably taught. On ...

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Allan W. Atlas and Eric Jas

( b Cambrai, c 1475; d Cambrai, Sept 21, 1528). South Netherlandish choir director and composer . In 1485 he was an enfant de choeur at Cambrai Cathedral, where he remained as a singer until 10 October 1494. By the middle of the following year, he had become the director of the children’s choir at St Denis, Liège. He returned to Cambrai in ...

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Lawrence F. Bernstein

(b Noyon, early 16th century; d c1560). French composer and choirmaster. He succeeded Hughes de Caen as director of the Ancien Chapitre at Notre Dame on 5 August 1533 – an appointment offered him, however, only after a master from Clement en Auvergne and then Robert de La Rue had declined it. In ...

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Bonnie J. Blackburn

(b Bologna, ?Oct 26, 1458; d Bologna, Jan 17, 1541). Italian theorist, composer and choirmaster. His name comes from his family's occupation: his grandfather was a merchant who dealt in swords. He mentions his age in two letters, which yield a birth year of ...

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John M. Ward

(d after 1569). English choirmaster and ?composer . He was probably master of the singing boys of St Anthony’s Hospital, London, in 1557, and certainly, from 1561 to 1569, master of ‘the children of the grammer schoole in the colledge of Westminster’, where he succeeded Robert Lamkyns at an annual salary of £10. During the years of his association with the college the choristers engaged in occasional dramatic activities for which they and their master received monetary rewards: singing and playing in a Lord Mayor’s Day pageant, ...

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Hans Joachim Marx

(b ?Neuenburg am Rhein, c1485; d Berne, spr. 1551). Swiss choirmaster and composer. In 1510 he arrived in Berne completely destitute, and obtained the position of choirmaster at Berne Minster, but gave it up in 1513 because of disagreements with the cathedral chapter. In autumn of the same year the council of the town of Fribourg appointed him choirmaster of St Nicolas and in ...