Willaert, Adriaan

Period: Renaissance

Born: c. 1490 in Bruges or Roulaers, Belgium

Died: Friday, December 7, 1562 in Venice, Italy

Nation of Origin: Belgium

Major Works:

Masses, Motets, and Madrigals
Works for double choir (for antiphonal performances in St. Mark's in Venice)

Other Information:

Willaert was born in Flanders and died in Venice. Willaert was a student of Mouton in Paris, worked in Rome, Ferrara, Milan, and was director of music (maestro di capella) at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice from 1527 to 1562.

The double-choir, double-organ configuration of St. Mark's was first developed by Adriaan Willaert beginning in 1527. Willaert's pupils included Gioseffo Zarlino, Cipriano de Rore, and probably Andrea Gabrieli.

General Bibliography:

Reese, Gustave, Music in the Renaissance, W.W. Norton & Company; November 1959, ISBN: 0393095304

Sachs, Curt, The Rise of Music in the Ancient 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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