The Lost Voices Project

Companion resource to Les livres de Chansons Nouvelles de Nicolas Du Chemin (1549–1568), hosted by the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance in Tours, France

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Janequin, Clement (Janequin)

c. 1485–after 1558

Clément Janequin (c. 1485-after 1558) was a leading composer of French secular music during the 1530s through 1550’s. He wrote over 250 chansons in all. They range widely in musical style, but show rhythmic vitality, a subtle sense of melodic organization, and a great talent for the vivid representation of narrative and descriptive texts. No other composer is represented by more works in Du Chemin’s chansons nouvelles. Howard Mayer Brown and Richard Freedman, “Janequin, Clément,” New Grove 2, XII, 795-99.