Personalities | Claude Goudimel | Renaissance | Classical

(Klod Goo-de-mel’) c. 1514–72
French composer

Goudimel worked with the French music publisher Nicolas du Chemin, first as proofreader and later as partner. He corresponded with French humanists and writers such as Pierre Ronsard, some of whose verse he set. However, he is most important for his psalms, based on French translations begun by Clement Marot and published with melodies in Calvinist psalters from the 1530s. He set them in a variety of styles ranging from strict homophony, where the tune appears in the top line, to motet-like counterpoint with the melody providing material for all voices. After spending some years in Metz, a Huguenot stronghold, Goudimel moved to Lyons. He was murdered, along with hundreds of other Protestants, in the St Bartholomew’s Day massacres of 1572.

Recommended Recording:
Psalms of the French Reformation, Claude Goudimel Ensemble (dir) Christine Morel (Naxos)

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