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Gilles Binchois

Biography

Born: 1400; Mons, Belgium    Died: September 20, 1460; Soignies, Belgium  
Destined to become one of the most influential composers of the early fifteenth century, Gilles Binchois was born sometime around 1400, probably in Mons, to a well-placed bourgeois family. His father, Jean de Binche, was a councillor to Duke Guillaume IV of Hainaut and his daughter Jaqueline of Bavaria. His son may thus have received his first training at the court of Mons, with its ties to royal France and Burgundy. The earliest surviving Read more documents of his life relate his service to the church of Ste.-Waudru in Mons, as organist from December 8, 1419, until July 28, 1423; it is likely that he also trained as a chorister. Duchess Jaqueline fled to England in 1423 and married Duke Humphrey of Gloucester; this may explain Binchois' early contacts with the English nobles occupying northern France. For some time around 1424, Binchois was in Paris, apparently lending courtly service to William de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk.

Two lines in Ockeghem's lament on Binchois' death suggest the possibility of military service in the composer's youth. The "honorable worldliness" in this poem, however, could as easily refer to his courtly service to Suffolk and, from the late 1420s, the court of Burgundy. Gaps in the surviving payment lists prevent certain dating of his arrival in the Burgundian court chapel, but by 1431 he was fifth in seniority. In this year, he composed his single isorhythmic motet, for the baptism of Duke Philip the Good's son.

Unlike the majority of fifteenth century musicians, Binchois never became a priest nor did he take a university degree. This did not prevent his service as chaplain to the Burgundian Dukes, however, with a long list of lucrative prebend incomes in absentia in Bruges, Mons, Cassel, and Soignies. In addition to his choir service, Binchois composed a great deal of sacred music, continued to compose widely in the courtly chanson genres, and likely performed his own songs to harp accompaniment. Around 1437 he was awarded an honorary secretariat. He travelled little during the decades of his Burgundian service, but was in Mons in 1449 -- with Guillaume Dufay.

A provostship at St.-Vincent in Soignies from 1452 led to Binchois' retirement there in February 1453. He continued to receive the income from his benefices there until his death in 1460. His musical contacts apparently also still throve in retirement, as the composers Guillaume Malbeque and Johannes Regis both worked in Soignies at this time. Upon Binchois' death, both Guillaume Dufay and Johannes Ockeghem composed moving laments in music: the one alluding to two specific chansons of Binchois, the other to his general style. Already in 1442, the Burgundian poet Martin le Franc had credited Binchois (and Dufay) with a rejuvenation of the art of music on the Continent; his chansons would serve composers throughout the century as models for elaboration and parody. A portrait of the legendary musician "Tymotheus" by Jan van Eyck may perserve the serious countenance of Binchois for posterity, while a number of important Continental music manuscripts offer his chansons to a later age.

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    Piffarissimo: Instrumental Music At The Council Of Constance 1414-1418
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72631 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro,  Philippe De Vitry,  Guillaume Dufay,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  Katharina Bäuml
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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    Fleur De Valeur: A Medieval Bouquet
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9419 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Ciconia,  Buxheimer Orge Anonymous,  John Dunstable,  Jean Robert Trebor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trefoil
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    Pro Pacem - Textes, Art & Musiques pour la Paix / Savall, Figueras, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9894 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
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    The Fiamminghi: The Flemish Polyphony
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Arnold De Lantins,  Guillaume Dufay,  Gilles Binchois,  Jacob Obrecht  ... 
    Performer:  Witte-Maria Weber,  Markus Schikora,  Norihisa Sugawara,  Rogério Gonçalves  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Snellings,  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara,  Antoine Guerber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ari Cantuli,  Capilla Flamenca,  Psallentes  ... 
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  • 5.
    Music From The Court Of Burgundy / Ciaramella
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 5785 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Pullois,  Guillaume Dufay,  Johannes Ciconia,  Grimace  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ciaramella
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    A Golden Treasury Of Medieval Music / Sine Nomine Ensemble
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 63 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfons X (El Sabio),  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Gilles Binchois  ... 
    Performer:  Bryan Martin,  Jay Lambie,  Randall Rosenfeld,  Andrea Budgey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sine Nomine Ensemble
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  • 7.
    Gilles Binchois: L'argument De Beaute
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 1096 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Discantus Ensemble] [Vocal
    Conductor:  Brigitte Lesne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Discantus Ensemble
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    La Contenance Angloise
    Label: Christophorus   Catalog: 77332 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Guillaume Dufay,  Galfridus De Anglia,  Conrad Paumann  ... 
    Performer:  Gregor Ehrsam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chant 1450
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    Dinastia Borja - The Borgia Dynasty / Savall, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9874 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various,  Traditional Arabic-Andalu,  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Bertin,  Lluis Vilamajó,  Montserrat Figueras,  Furio Zanasi  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Wolkenstein: Songs Of Myself / Andreas Scholl, Shield Of Harmony
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902051 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Oswald von Wolkenstein,  Henry Purcell,  Gilles Binchois
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl
    Conductor:  Crawford Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shield of Harmony
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    Alto/Multiples
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 981 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  Luciano Berio,  Emmanuel Nunes  ... 
    Performer:  Christophe Desjardins
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    The Spirits Of England & France Vol 3 / Christopher Page, Gothic Voices
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55283 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Byttering,  Anonymous,  Pierre Fontaine,  Leonel Power  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Page
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
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    Label: Kattenberg   Catalog: 5637621872 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Dufay,  Johannes Ockeghem,  JanPieter Biesemans,  Buxheimer Orge Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadrivium
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    Seasons Of Angels / The Rose Ensemble
    Label: Rose Ensemble   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 12/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Francisco Guerrero,  Johann Joseph Fux,  Hildegard of Bingen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rose Ensemble
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    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 28010 Release Date: 06/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Guillaume Dufay,  Robert Morton,  Hayne van Ghizeghem  ... 
    Performer:  Annemieke Cantor,  Michael Form,  Susanne Ansorg,  Randall Cook  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Form,  David Munrow,  Michal Gondko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Haults Ménestrels de Charles le Téméraire,  Les Flamboyants,  Early Music Consort of London  ... 
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 32102 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Johannes Ockeghem
    Performer:  William Taylor,  Liam Fennelly,  Yves Van Handenhove,  Bart Meynckens  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
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    The Castle Of Fair Welcome - Late 15th Century Courtly Songs
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55274 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles the Bold,  Walter Frye,  Robert Morton,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Gillian Ross,  Christopher Wilson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Page
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
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    Binchois: Triste Plaisir;  Dufay, Etc / Norin, Cook, Ansorg
    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 22087 Release Date: 11/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Dufay,  Anonymous,  Jacques Vide,  Gilles Binchois  ... 
    Performer:  Randall Cook,  Lena Susanne Norin,  Susanne Ansorg
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    Century Vol 7 - Ars Subtilior
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908169 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Antoine Busnois,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Guillaume Dufay  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Daniels,  Robert Harre-Jones,  Donald Greig,  Stephan Van Dyck  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcel Pérès,  Paul van Nevel,  Crawford Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orlando Consort,  Ensemble Organum,  Huelgas Ensemble  ... 
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  • 20.
    I Fiamminghi - Les Champions Des Dames / Continens Paradisi
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 228 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Dufay,  Gilles Binchois
    Performer:  Thais Ohara,  Marcelo Ohara,  Rogério Gonçalves,  Markus Schikora  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcelo Ohara,  Thais Ohara
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continens Paradisi
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    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 23015 Release Date: 10/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Bedyngham,  Anonymous,  Antoine Busnois,  Johannes Ockeghem  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Morra
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    The David Munrow Edition - The Art Of Courtly Love
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas Edition   Catalog: 61284 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes S. Hasprois,  Pierre de Molins,  Guillaume Dufay,  Gilles Binchois  ... 
    Performer:  Eleanor Sloan,  Oliver Brookes,  David Munrow,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 23.
    Ockeghem: De Plus En Plus,
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Ockeghem,  Gilles Binchois
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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    Das Buxheimer Orgelbuch Vol 2 / Joseph Payne
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 553467 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Frye,  Anonymous,  Guillaume Dufay,  Gilles Binchois  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Payne
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    Diversions / Calliope
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 12/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfons X (El Sabio),  Jacobus Clemens non Papa,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Joan Ambrosio Dalza  ... 
    Performer:  Frederic Hand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calliope
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