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Obrecht, Jacob
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(Hobrecht; c. 1450 – 1505, Ferrara), Franco-Flemish composer of the Dutch vocal polyphony (Church music:IV, 2.a). He was ordained priest in 1840 and appointed choirmaster at Cambrai Cathedral in 1484/1485. He held other posts as a church musician in Bruges and Antwerp. In 1487/1488 and 1504, he traveled to Ferrara, where in 1505 he died of the plague. Obrecht’s main works are 29 settings of the Ordinary of the Mass, 28 Latin motets, and numerous secular chansons in Old French and Flemish. Obrecht is unquestionably regarded a great master of the Josquin period (Josquin des…

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Haslmayr, Harald, “Obrecht, Jacob”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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