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Guillaume Dufay (Composer)

Born: 13th August 1397, Beersel, Belgium

Died: 27th November 1474, Cambrai, France

Nationality: Franco-Flemish

Guillaume Du Fay was a Flemish composer and music theorist of the early Renaissance from the Burgundian Netherlands. Regarded as the leading European composer by his contemporaries, his music was widely performed and copied. Du Fay held various music positions during his lifetime, and was associated with the Burgundian School as well as among the first composers of, or at least a predecessor to, the Franco-Flemish School.

His most famous and celebrated work, the complex motet Nuper Rosarum Flores, was written for the consecration of Filippo Brunelleschi's dome on the Florence Cathedral and is considered an icon of Western culture. Du Fay left behind an extensive oeuvre, including pieces representative of virtually every genre of polyphonic music from his time.

Further Reading: Dufay

Interview, Julian Podger on the music of Dufay

The director of Gothic Voices talks about the group's new album of choral works from Florentine collections, including two of Dufay's most famous motets - Nuper rosarum flores and O tres piteulx.

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