Personalities | Alexander Agricola | Renaissance | Classical

(Al-eks-an’-der A-gre-ko-la) c. 1446–1506
Franco-Flemish composer

Probably born in what is now Belgium, Agricola was employed by, or associated with, some of the most brilliant courts in Europe, including those of Galeazzo Maria Sforza in Milan, Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Burgundy and the French royal court. He composed Masses, motets, chansons and instrumental arrangements of chansons by other composers. Among the last category are no less than five arrangements of one of the greatest hits of the fifteenth century, De tous biens plaine by Hayne van Ghizeghem (c. 1440–72). Agricola died of the plague.

Recommended Recording:
A Secret Labyrinth: Masses, Motets and Songs, Huelgas Ensemble (dir) Paul Van Nevel (Sony Classical)

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