Le Jeune, Claude [Claudin]
- Frank Dobbins
- and Isabelle His
(b Valenciennes, 1528–30; d Paris, bur. Sept 26, 1600). French composer. He was one of the most prolific and significant composers of the second half of the 16th century and one of the chief exponents of musique mesurée à l’antique; his application of this and other theories of musical and textual relationships had a lasting influence on French sacred and secular music.
Le Jeune probably received his early music education at or near Valenciennes, then part of the Imperial Low Countries. His name first appears in 1552 as the composer of four chansons in anthologies published at Leuven which also contain works by his older compatriots Clemens non Papa, Crecquillon and Waelrant. He was a Protestant and from about 1560 enjoyed the protection of a group of Huguenot nobles that included William of Orange, Agrippa d’Aubigné, Henri de Turenne, Duke of Bouillon and Henri of Navarre (later Henri IV). By ...