One-named composer Barbingant is something of a cipher historically; his name appears in no known register or non-musical document from his time. Presumably born around 1400, he worked in central France and may have been deceased by 1460, about the time Johannes Ockeghem wrote his Missa Au travail suis based on Barbingant's three-voice rondeau of that title. Several writers toward the end of the fifteenth century identify Barbingant as a majorRead more figure of the period, but they provide relatively few additional details.
In addition to the three rondeaux attributed to him -- "Au travail suis," "Esperant que mon bien vendra," and "L'omme banny de sa plaisance" -- and one dance, Der Pfauenschwanz, Barbingant is regarded as the composer of two masses, a three-voice Missa sine nomine, and the Missa Terriblement. This is the earliest known full parody mass, based on the virelai "Terriblement suis"; Barbingant may well have composed this, too. At one time, Barbingant was confused with composer Jacobus Barbireau, a Dutch composer born not long before Barbingant is believed to have died. Read less
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