Le Jeune, Claude

(ca. 1530-1600)
   Born in Valenciennes, Claude le Jeune was a member of the Academy of Music and Poetry founded by jean-antoine de baïf, and was devoted to the old style of measured music. Music master for the duke of Anjou, brother of henry III (1582), he then entered the service of the duke of Bouillon. His statements hostile to the holy league forced him to leave Paris and seek refuge in La Rochelle. In 1596, he became chamber music composer to King henry IV and wrote psalms, two books of melodies, airs, and numerous songs and motets. Le Jeune's work is in an original harmonic language and is especially remarkable for its rhythm. He took the best part of measured music and, breaking out from the frame-work of traditional profane music, profoundly influenced the beginnings of the court airs and, in the same sense, prepared the way for the birth of opera.

France. A reference guide from Renaissance to the Present . 1884.

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