PIERRE DE LA RUE
Pierre de la Rue
Like Desprez, Obrecht and Isaac, De la Rue is one of the most important composers of the third generation of Flemish polyphonists. Nearly his entire oeuvre is copied into manuscripts by the scribe Pierre Alamire and his assistants of the Burgundian-Habsburg court and spread throughout Europe. De la Rue writes ...
Biography Pierre de la Rue
Like Desprez, Obrecht and Isaac, De la Rue is one of the most important composers of the third generation of Flemish polyphonists. Nearly his entire oeuvre is copied into manuscripts by the scribe Pierre Alamire and his assistants of the Burgundian-Habsburg court and spread throughout Europe. De la Rue writes expressive and highly ingenious music. Its main stylistic traits are paired voice technique, varied repetition, canon and imitative counterpoint. De la Rue is the favourite composer of Marguerite of Austria. He writes 30-plus parody, paraphrase and requiem Masses, about 30 motets, settings of the Magnificat, settings of the Lamentations, 2 Kyries, 5 Credos, 3 Marian antiphons, ca. 46 chansons, 22 of them attributed to De la Rue, and Dutch songs.
Pierre de la Rue is born around this year in Doornik [Tournai], in present-day Belgium.
1469 - 1470
He is a tenor at the St. Gudula's Church in Brussels.
1471 - 1476
He is a tenor at St. James' Church in Ghent and then at the Church of Our Lady in Nieuwpoort.
1477 - 1489
He works in Cologne and possibly also at the cathedral in Kamerijk [Cambrai].
1489 - 1491
De la Rue works at the Illustere Lieve-Vrouwe-broederschap (Illustrious Lady's brotherhood) at 's-Hertogenbosch.
1492 - 1513
De la Rue is in the service of the Habsburg-Burgundian Chapel of, successively, Maximilian I, Philip the Fair, Joanna of Castile and Marguerite of Austria. In 1501 he travels through France and Spain in the retinue of Philip the Fair and in 1506 De la Rue travels by sea to Spain. Meanwhile, he also spends three months at the court of Henry VIII in England. He returns to the Low Countries in 1508. De la Rue composes many chansons for Marguerite of Austria, who is in charge of the chapel.
1514 - 1516
De la Rue is in the service of the private chapel of Charles V.
He resides in Doornik [Tournais] as canon of the Church of Our Lady in Kortrijk.
De la Rue dies in Kortrijk November 20.
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