JEAN JAPART (1474 - 1507)
Flemish by birth, Jean Japart is first mentioned as a singer in the ducal chapel of Galeazzo Maria Sforza in Milan in 1476. In 1477 he is found as a singer at the court of Ercole I d’Este in Ferrara. His career after 1481, when he left Ferrara, has been the subject of conjecture, whether elsewhere in Italy or in his native country.
Of the 23 chansons ascribed to Japart, some have been attributed to other composers. Of those certainly by him, some combine pre-existing melodies while others employ the device of puzzle canon. Following contemporary custom, some of Japart’s surviving canons also exist in keyboard transcription.