Petrus de Cruce [Pierre de la Croix ]
- Ernest H. Sanders
- , revised by Peter M. Lefferts
[Pierre de la Croix ]
( flc1290). Composer and theorist . One of the most important French musicians of the later 13th century, he won the praise of such commentators as Jacobus of Liège, for whom he was ‘that worthy practical musician, who composed so many beautiful and good pieces of mensural polyphony and followed Franco’s precepts’ (CSM, iii, vol.7, 1973, p.36), and Guy de Saint-Denis, for whom he was ‘Master Petrus de Cruce, who was the finest practical musician and particularly observed the custom of the church of Amiens’ (GB-Lbl Harl.281, ff.92r–v).
Apparently a native and resident of Amiens, and a member of a family prominent in that city from the 12th century to the early 14th, Petrus is likely to have studied at the University of Paris as a member of the Picard nation, earning there the title Magister (see Johnson). His student years would have been between ...