Personalities | Pierre de La Rue | Renaissance | Classical

(Pe-âr’ de La Rü) c. 1460–1518
Flemish composer

Like Isaac, La Rue joined the Habsburg court after spending some years working in Italy. He served under four rulers: Maximilian, Philip le Beau (La Rue may have composed his Requiem for him), Margaret and Charles (the future Emperor Charles V). His works do not show the influence of Italian music, unlike those of Isaac. Instead, he preserved and developed the Franco-Flemish style long cultivated by Burgundian composers such as Antoine Busnoys (c. 1435–92) and Gilles Binchois (c. 1400–60). Travelling extensively with the court, he passed this style on to other musicians, especially Spaniards like Juan de Peñalosa (c. 1515–79) and Escobar.

Recommended Recording:
Missa cum iocunditate, Motets, Hilliard Ensemble (dir) Paul Hillier (Virgin/Erato)

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