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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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.

Home News Contacts Copyright. His Missa pro defunctisfirst performed at the funeral of Henry IV of Fustachewas the requiem mass which was played at St. Finally, Du Caurroy’s fantasias are an exceptional set of instrumental pieces, the earliest such attributed works in French music.

Du Caurroy also wrote instrumental music, including contrapuntal fantasies for three to six instruments. French classical composers French male classical composers Renaissance composers French composers of sacred music births deaths.

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 His contrapuntal interest is best shown in his sacred music, of which the largest collection is the two volumes of motets, 53 caurryo all, entitled Preces ecclesiasticaepublished in Paris in He probably entered royal service aroundand in is first mentioned cairroy documents from the royal court, when he won a song competition: 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 eustachd “Mass for the funerals of the Kings faurroy France.


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. Views Read Edit View history.

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Retrieved from ” https: 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Du Caurroy accumulated wealth and honours in the first decade of the 17th century, including benefices and a large estate in Picardy. It is a long composition containing the Libera me responsory, the chant for which is similar to the famous Dies irae.

HOASM: (François) Eustache Du Caurroy

His published collections are carefully prepared anthologies of the best of his oeuvre. Classical music portal Kingdom of France portal. In the collection “Les Meslanges,” Du Caurroy takes up some of the stylistic principles of Le Jeune, including the “musique mesuree” and other complicated compositional devices.


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. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Recommended Recordings Recommended Work Recommendation to come…. Eustache du Caurroy baptised February 4, — August 7, was a French composer of the late Renaissance.

The collection of 42 such pieces, published posthumously inis considered to be a strong influence on the next generation of Caueroy keyboard players, especially Jean Titelouzethe founder of the French organ school. They are from 3 to 7 voices.

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 cauroy an amazing imagination and variety of technique.