Dufay, Guillaume

Period: Medieval

Born: 1397 in Bersele, Belgium

Died: Friday, November 27, 1474 in Cambrai, France

Nation of Origin: Belgium/France

Major Works:

Missa l'homme armé Supremum est mortalibus bonum
Many other choral works have survived including 8 masses and 84 songs.

Other Information:

Dufay worked as chapel master in Cambrai before joining the Papal Chapel in Rome in 1428. He worked for the Duke of Savoy in 1433 and then joined the Papal Chapel in Florence and Bologna in 1435. In 1438 he returned to work in Savoy and then studied law at the University of Turin. In 1445 he stopped moving and settled down in Cambrai as canon of the cathedrals of Cambrai and Mons. Dufay composed sacred and secular works including many fine masses and chansons. Together with Binchois, whom he may have met in 1434, and Dunstable, Dufay is classifed as belonging to the Burgundian School of late Medieval/early Renaissance composition. It is unlikely, however, that he actually worked in the Burgundian court.

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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