Born: c. 1400
Birthplace: Beersel, Flanders
Location of death: Cambrai, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Cambrai Cathedral, Cambrai, France
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Executive summary: Composer of the Burgundian school
The dominant composer of the 15th century, but details of his life are still rather sketchily known. Much of it comes from his will, still extant in Cambrai. Born probably in Hainault (some say Beersel) before 1400, he was a chorister in the cathedral of Cambrai. He wrote a song celebrating the marriage of Charles Malatesti and Vittoria di Lorenzo Colonna, which took place in 1416. From 1428 to 1437 he served in the Papal Choir in Rome, and held appointments at Cambrai and Mons from 1436 until his death, living for a time also in Savoy before 1446. Prior to 1442 he took degrees -- Magister in artibus, and Baccalaareus in decretis -- at the Sorbonne in Paris. He also entered the service of Philippe le Bon, Duke of Burgundy, as music tutor to his son Charles, Comte de Charolais. Dufay died in Cambrai on November 27, 1474.
Father: (unknown, probably a priest)
Mother: Marie Du Fayt
Is the subject of books:
Dufay and his Contemporaries, 1898, BY: Sir John Stainer
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