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JOHN DUNSTABLE  

(1390 - 1453)

Relatively little is known for certain about the life of the English composer Dunstable, although his influence on younger composers such as Dufay is hardly open to question. He is thought to have been in the service of the Duke of Bedford, possibly during the latter’s regency of Paris and governorship of Normandy, from 1423 to 1429 and 1429–1435 respectively. This presence in France is based on very little evidence. Nevertheless contemporary copies of Dunstable’s music appear relatively numerous on the continent of Europe, where he was held in some esteem.

Church Music

From a number of Marian compositions, one may single out Quam pulchra es and Ave regina caelorum. His motet Veni Sancte Spiritus / Veni Creator Spiritus, using the technique of isorhythm, with the application of a recurrent rhythmic pattern to a given series of notes, was intended for the Whitsunday liturgy.

Secular Music

O rosa bella has been attributed to others. With Je languis en piteux martire, Puisque m’amour, Durer ne puis and I pray you all secular music constitute the surviving body of Dunstable’s secular music.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Discover Early Music Naxos Educational
8.558170-71
Choral - Sacred
DUNSTABLE: Quam pulchra es / Veni Sancte Spiritus / Mass Movements Naxos
8.557341
Choral - Sacred
EASTER ALBUM (AN) Naxos
8.570175-76
Choral - Sacred
JOCULATORES UPSALIENSES: Early Music at Wik BIS
BIS-CD-3
Vocal
REJOICE - A Vision of Christ Through Music Naxos
8.570980
Choral - Sacred
SAINTS AND SINNERS - The Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD Boxed Set] Naxos
8.501067
Choral - Sacred
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Choral - Sacred
VOICE (Eternal) Naxos
8.572183
Choral - Sacred




 
 
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