Born: 1397 in Bersele, Belgium
Died: Friday, November 27, 1474 in Cambrai, France
Nation of Origin: Belgium/France
Missa l'homme armé Supremum est mortalibus bonum
Many other choral works have survived including 8 masses and 84 songs.
Dufay worked as chapel master in Cambrai before joining the Papal Chapel in Rome in 1428. He worked for the Duke of Savoy in 1433 and then joined the Papal Chapel in Florence and Bologna in 1435. In 1438 he returned to work in Savoy and then studied law at the University of Turin. In 1445 he stopped moving and settled down in Cambrai as canon of the cathedrals of Cambrai and Mons. Dufay composed sacred and secular works including many fine masses and chansons. Together with Binchois, whom he may have met in 1434, and Dunstable, Dufay is classifed as belonging to the Burgundian School of late Medieval/early Renaissance composition. It is unlikely, however, that he actually worked in the Burgundian court.
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Sachs, Curt, The Rise of Music in the Ancient World, W. W. Norton & Company, 1943, ASIN: 0393097188
Seay, Albert, Music in the Medieval World, W. W. Norton & Company, 1943, ASIN: 0393097188
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Music in the Medieval World
by Albert Seay
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