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Guillaume de Machaut (Composer)

Born: 1300, Reims, France

Died: 13th April 1377, Reims, France

Nationality: French

Guillaume de Machaut was a French poet and composer of late Medieval music who was the central figure of the ars nova style. Immensely influential, Machaut is regarded as the most important composer and poet of the 14th century and is the first significant composer whose name is known. Daniel Leech-Wilkinson called him "the last great poet who was also a composer", and well into the 15th century Machaut's poetry was greatly admired and imitated by other poets, including Geoffrey Chaucer.

One of the earliest composers on whom substantial biographical information is available, his surviving works substantially outnumber those of his contemporaries. Machaut composed and a wide range of styles and forms and was crucial in developing the motet and secular song forms (particularly the lai and the formes fixes: rondeau, virelai and ballade).

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