Janequin, Clément [Jannequin]
- Howard Mayer Brown
- , revised by Richard Freedman
(b Châtellerault, c1485; d Paris, after 1558). French composer .
Although it would seem reasonable to assume that Janequin received his earliest musical education in the choir school of his native town, no documents have yet been discovered to clarify the matter. The first certain notice of the composer dates from 1505 when he was a ‘clerc’ in Bordeaux in the service of Lancelot Du Fau, humanist, president of the court of inquests for the Parliament of Bordeaux, vicar-general of the archbishopric, canon of St André and St Seurin, and after 1515 Bishop of Luçon. Apparently Janequin worked for him until Du Fau's death in 1523.
In that year Janequin entered the service of Jean de Foix, Bishop of Bordeaux. The composer probably completed his studies leading to the priesthood about this time, for he began to receive a number of relatively minor and not very lucrative prebends (shortage of money was a recurring problem throughout his life). He was made a canon of Saint Emilion in ...