Binchois, Gilles

Period: Medieval

Born: c. 1400 in Mons, Belgium

Died: Thursday, September 20, 1460 in Soignies, Belgium

Nation of Origin: Belgium

Major Works:

Earliest known polyphonic setting of the Te Deum
Musical settings of the Magnificat, Credo, and Gloria.

Other Information:

Binchois was a composer and organist. After 1430 he worked in the Court of Burgundy. He is well known for his secular chansons which express tender melancholy. He is also regarded for his polyphonic setting of the Te Deum. Together with Dunstable and Dufay he is classifed as belonging to the Burgundian School of late Medieval /early Renaissance composition.

General Bibliography:

Reese, Gustave, Music in the Middle Ages : With an Introduction on the Music of Ancient Times, W.W. Norton & Company, October 1940, ISBN: 0393097501

Sachs, Curt, The Rise of Music in the Ancient World, W. W. Norton & Company, 1943, ASIN: 0393097188

Seay, Albert, Music in the Medieval World, W. W. Norton & Company, 1943, ASIN: 0393097188

Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257

Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679

Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109

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