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Du tout M'estoie

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Uploaded by: Agnus_Dei (09/18/17)
Composer: Dufay, Guilleaume
Sample Producer: Lavender Audio
Sample Set: Hereford Cathedral Willis Organ
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Medieval and Renaissance
Guillaume Du Fay (5 August, c. 1397 – 27 November 1474) was a Franco-Flemish composer of the early Renaissance. A central figure in the Burgundian School, he was regarded by his contemporaries as one of the leading composers in Europe in the mid-15th century. His music demonstrates the influential exchange of musical ideas among artists around the world during the early Renaissance period.

From the evidence of his will, he was probably born in Beersel, in the vicinity of Brussels, the illegitimate child of an unknown priest and a woman named Marie Du Fayt. She moved with her son to Cambrai early in his life, staying with a relative who was a canon of the cathedral there. The link between the Du Fay family and the Cathedral of Cambrai is the sole reason a large amount of information is known about Du Fay's early life, as the institute kept detailed records on all affiliated persons. His musical gifts were noticed by the cathedral authorities, who evidently gave him a thorough training in music; he studied with Rogier de Hesdin during the summer of 1409, and he was listed as a choirboy in the cathedral from 1409–12. During those years he studied with Nicolas Malin.

His career took him from Cambrai to Italy and Savoy, then back to Cambrai.

He composed in most of the usual forms of his day, writing both secular and sacred works.

This little "trio", which must surely be a vocal work, was transcribed by Gark Aboyan. It makes a fine organ piece trio, with flowing lines, refined harmony, and rhythmic interest.

The title has something to do with a person of "mixed origin," I think, so, whatever the exact meaning, I'll just leave it at that.

The score is attached below, as well as an 11th cent painting of Cambrai Cathedral.

There is also a painting of Dufay and Binchois attached. As the figures are named in the painting, we can see that Dufay is standing at the left side.

I would assume, or at least HOPE, that everyone would IMMEDIATELY recognize him!
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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