Personalities | Claudin de Sermisy | Renaissance | Classical

(Klo-dan’ da Sâr-me-se’) c. 1490–1562
French composer

Sermisy spent most of his adult life in Paris and was the leading exponent of the genre known as the ‘Parisian chanson’. Mostly for four voices, his songs are similar in style to the early madrigal, which was developing at the same time. They are relatively easy to sing, with lively rhythms, straightforward melodies and an essentially homophonic texture. The texts are light and often playful. He was also an important composer of motets in the French style of Josquin.

Recommended Recording:
Les cris de Paris, Ensemble Clément Janequin (dir) Dominique Visse (Harmonia Mundi)

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