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date: 19 November 2019

Gombert, Nicolaslocked

  • George Nugent
  • , revised by Eric Jas

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(bc1495; dc1560). South Netherlandish composer.

He was probably born in southern Flanders, perhaps in the village of La Gorgue, where the name Gombert was long established. According to the theorist Hermann Finck, he was a pupil of Josquin; if so, he may have come under Josquin’s guidance during the latter’s last years in Condé. Certainly Gombert composed a déploration on the death of Josquin, printed in 1545 with similar tributes by Appenzeller and Vinders. Gombert was a singer in Emperor Charles V’s court chapel from 1526, and maître des enfants from 1529; he travelled with the chapel from Flanders to Spain, Italy, Austria and Germany. Some references incorrectly call him imperial maître de chapelle or music director, titles then actually held by the now nearly forgotten composer Adrien Thibault (called Pickart) and later by Thomas Crecquillon. Gombert was a cleric, perhaps a priest, and was awarded ecclesiastical benefices at Courtrai, Béthune, Lens and Metz. Late references consistently identify him as a canon of Tournai Cathedral (he had been appointed to the post by ...

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