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Guillaume Dufay
1397 - 1474
France
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G. Dufay
Guillaume Dufay -also: du Fay, du Fayt, Doufayt- (1397 - 27/11/1474), a Burgundian composer of at least 7 masses, 35 fragments of masses, 2 Magnificats, 87 motets, 59 French and 7 Italian chansons, etc. Probably born in Hainault (Burgundia).
Source: Grove’s dictionary of music and musicians
Missa de requiem
Period:Early Renaissance
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
His requiem has been lost. We know he wrote one because he requested to performe at his funeral his Ave Regina celorum and Missa de requiem. The earliest reference to a complete polyphonic requiem is in the will of Dufay, which directs "...that twelve or more capable men (...) on the day following my funeral sing my requiem mass in the Chapel of St. Stephen (Cambrai) and for this I bequeath four pounds Parisian."
Author:James W. Pruett
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians