Loyset Compère

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Born: 1445?

Died: 16 August 1518

Biography Compère's birthdate, formerly given as c.1450, is now estimated from the dating of some pieces to the 1460's. He was employed at Milan 1474-1477, alongside Johannes Martini and Gaspar van Weerbeke and next surfaces in 1486 as a singer in the French court of Charles VIII whom he accompanied on his 1494-5 Italian campaign. He retired to St. Quentin where he was buried.

Besides chansons, motets, 2 masses and some half dozen Magnificats, he is known for writing motetti missales or 'substitution masses' in which motets took the place of the Ordinary.

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