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date: 16 October 2019

Gervaise, Claudelocked

  • Lawrence F. Bernstein

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(fl Paris, 1540–60). French editor, composer and arranger. He was employed as an editor by Pierre Attaingnant in Paris, where he was known as a ‘musicien compositeur’. The title-pages of books 3, 4 and 5 of Attaingnant’s Danceries state that the music was ‘looked over’ or ‘looked over and corrected’ by Claude Gervaise, sçavant musicien’. After Attaingnant’s death Gervaise continued to give editorial assistance to Marie Lescallopier Attaingnant, who maintained the printing establishment, bringing out volumes of music sporadically until 1558. His circle of friends is known to have included at least one other Parisian musician, Julien Le Maître, court oboist and violinist.

Gervaise is remembered principally for his instrumental music. In addition to editing three books of Danceries, he composed the music of the sixth volume. It contains numerous ensemble dances, almost all of them four-part, and closely resembles the other volumes of the series. The dance forms employed are the ...

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Journal of the American Musicological Society
Musica disciplina
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Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France