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date: 18 November 2019

La Rue [de Platea, de Robore, de Vico], Pierre [Perison, Petrus, Pierchon, Pieter, Pirson] de locked

  • Honey Meconi

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(b ?Tournai, c1452 or later; d Kortrijk, Nov 20, 1518). Franco-Flemish composer. He was one of the most important composers of the late 15th and early 16th centuries, with an extensive and varied output in all major genres of his time.

The son of Jehan de la Rue and Gertrud de la Haye, La Rue was almost certainly born in Tournai and educated in the city cathedral’s maîtrise. His early years remain a mystery. The ‘Misser Piero delapiazza’ in Siena thought by Staehelin to be La Rue refers to another musician; so far no evidence places the composer in Italy, making him one of the few major composers of his time not to visit there. Similarly, the tenorist Peter vander Straten previously thought to be La Rue is almost certainly a different musician (for full details see Meconi, 2003).

La Rue’s first known employment was a canonicate at the collegiate church of St Ode (location and date undetermined). By ...

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