Born: Friday, November 22, 1450 in Bergen-op-Zoom, Netherlands
Died: c. 1505 in Ferrara, Italy
Nation of Origin: Netherlands
Je ne demande Mass
Tsaat een meskin
Approximately 24 masses
Approximately 24 motets
Chansons, and instrumental compositions.
Obrecht was employed in Cambrai, Bruges, and Antwerp and also traveled to Italy to work in the court of Ferrara (1487-88). He returned to Ferrara in 1504 and died there of the plague in 1505. Most of his masses are cantus firmi masses ( based on either secular songs or Gregorian chants). Obrecht's music is characterized by spontaneity and experimentation. His use of modes was novel for the time.
Reese, Gustave, Music in the Renaissance, W.W. Norton & Company; November 1959, ISBN: 0393095304
Sachs, Curt, The Rise of Music in the Ancient World , W. W. Norton & Company, 1943, ASIN: 0393097188
Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257
Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679
Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109
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Music in the Renaissance
by Gustave Reese
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