Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Willaert, Adriaan

Adriaan Willaert(1490-1562), Flemish composer, studied law at the University of Paris but abandoned this in favor of music. In 1527 he became the music director of St. Mark's in Venice, where he contributed significantly to the development of the Italian madrigal and established Venice as an influential music center of the 16th century. His early style is a smooth polyphony, balanced voices and frequent use of imitation.

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