Personalities | Antoine Busnoys | Medieval Era | Classical

(An-twan’ Bün-wa’) c. 1435–92
French composer

Busnoys was a younger contemporary of Ockeghem and worked alongside him in Tours in the early 1460s, when he may already have been serving the future Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy in an unofficial capacity. His association with the Burgundian court probably continued after Charles’s death in 1477, though evidence for this is sketchy. He is principally known as a composer of songs (of which there are several dozen), but his sacred music also had a profound impact on the composers of the next generation. His Mass L’homme armé (‘The Armed Man’) was one of the most influential works of the period.

Recommended Recording:
Missa L’homme armé, Binchois Consort (dir) Andrew Kirkman (Hyperion)

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