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Life. Born: 4 February Died: 7 August Biography. View the Wikipedia article on Eustache du Caurroy. General Information. Title: Missa pro Defunctis Composer: Eustache du Caurroy Lyricist: Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: SATTB Genre: Sacred. French composer, of good family. Singer, and later maître de chapelle, to the French kings from , he won prizes at the Évreux composition contests in

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(François) Eustache Du Caurroy

The collection of 42 such pieces, published posthumously inis considered to be a strong influence on the next generation of French keyboard players, especially Jean Titelouzethe founder of the French organ school.

Du Caurroy was primarily interested in counterpointand was widely read in the theoretical work of the time, including that of Gioseffe Zarlinowho provided the best available summation of the contrapuntal practice in the 16th century. These posthumous fantasias — the most serious instrumental genre of the time, as opposed to Romantic ideas on the subject — are written for from three to six parts, with an astonishing depth of expression and an amazing imagination and variety of technique.

Du Caurroy’s Missa pro defunctis is an extremely famous piece, and was performed at all the funerals for French Kings for nearly two hundred years, earning it the apocryphal title “Mass for the funerals of the Kings of France.

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Du Caurroy accumulated wealth and honours in the first decade of the 17th century, including benefices and a large estate in Picardy.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. His Missa pro defunctisfirst performed at the funeral of Henry IV of Francewas the requiem mass which was played at St. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. His contrapuntal interest is best shown in his sacred music, of which the largest collection is the two volumes of motets, 53 in all, entitled Preces ecclesiasticaepublished in Paris in Du Caurroy also wrote instrumental cqurroy, including contrapuntal fantasies for three to six instruments.

It is a long composition containing the Libera me responsory, the chant eustavhe which is similar to the famous Dies irae. Recommended Recordings Recommended Work Recommendation to come…. Retrieved from ” https: Eustache du Caurroy baptised February 4, — August 7, was a French composer of the late Renaissance.

Views Read Edit View history. Du Caurroy served as composer to the royal chamber for three Kings of France, but in his own time was considered the equal of Orlando di Lassus in compositional prowess.

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Classical music portal Kingdom of France portal. Du Caurroy’s surviving music consists of a Missa pro defunctis; a collection of fifty-three Latin motets for between three and nine voices, “Preces ecclesiasticae” ; a collection of sixty-five French pieces of various natures, “Les Meslanges” ; and a collection of forty-two instrumental fantasias published in open score In the collection “Les Meslanges,” Du Caurroy takes up some of the stylistic principles of Le Jeune, caurrroy the “musique mesuree” and other complicated compositional esutache.

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His published collections are carefully prepared anthologies of the best of his oeuvre. In his motets, he is known as an austere composer of structurally involved music, though several of the motets for double choir are quite jubilant.

Finally, Du Caurroy’s cqurroy are an exceptional set of instrumental pieces, the earliest such attributed works in French music.

They are from 3 to 7 voices. French classical composers French male classical composers Renaissance composers French composers of sacred music caurtoy deaths. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat He probably entered royal service aroundand in is first mentioned in documents from the royal court, when he won a song competition: Denis for the funerals of French kings for the next several centuries.

Marin Mersenne ‘s Harmonie universelle contains a setting by Du Caurroy of Pie Jesuwhich is a canon for six voices.