Jean Richafort


Born: 1480   Died: 1547; Bruges, Belgium  
Composer Jean Richafort seems to have been born in the Hainaut province of what is now Belgium. Later on, he took his clerical orders near Liège. By December 1507, he had been named maistre de chant at the collegiate church of St. Rombout, Mechelen. While he was maistre, two of Richafort's brothers, Guillaume and François, were members of the choir. For the next ten years after his departure, sometime around August 21, 1509, when Noel Bauldeweyn Read more stepped in to succeed him, he is somewhat lost to sight. No court records contain his name during that time, but his motet Cosolator captivorum suggests that he'd built some strong ties with the French court by then. The text is an entreaty to St. Louis to use his influence to help strengthen Louis XII's rule. In 1512, supplications were for benefices on behalf of three musicians, one of whom was Richafort. Since the other two, Gilles Charpentier and Jean Nolin, are known to have been in the service of Anne of Britany at the time, it is assumed that Richafort was as well. A dispensation written on January 30, 1516, in Bologna said he received the said benefices. In that document, he is referred to as the "rector of the parish church of Touches in the dioces of Nantes" and as a singer in the chapel of François I. The Pope's visitation to François' court in 1515 - 1516 was a windfall for a number of musicians there, including Richafort, who were granted dispensations that allowed them to hold incompatible benefices. Richafort seems to have been present as a member of the French royal in Rome at the time of Pope Leo's election, in 1513; presumably, it was then that Richafort impressed the Pope with his abilities. Richafort slips below the radar between the years of 1516 - 1542. No available source contains his name until July 1542, at which time he succeeded Jean Claes as the maistre de chapelle at the cathedral of St. Gilles, in Bruges. In 1548, Richafort's position at St. Gilles is taken over by Jean Bart, after which time his name disappears from all records. It's usually assumed that he died in Bruges around that time. Richafort's music shows the very strong influence of Josquin, and he's generally understood as one of those who continued to explore the territory opened up by the great composer. A considerable amount of music survives by him, including chansons in many styles, motets, various sacred works, and three masses. As with Josquin, Richafort's motets are the cornerstone of his achievement that best reveal his studied talents. His most famous piece was probably the motet Quem dicunt homines. It was honored by numerous important composers who chose it as the basis of parody masses. Among these are Divitis, Mouton, Morales, and Palestrina. Two of the masses on Quem dicunt homines, those of Divitis and Mouton, are historically important for being among the very first works to use the full-blown parody techniques that would become important in the sixteenth century. A book of Richafort's motets was published in 1556 presumably after his death, while the rest that survives has been culled from various manuscripts scattered about the continent. Read less
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    Refuge from the Flames / Ora
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 906103 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Giovanni Animuccia,  Luca Bettini,  Phillippe Verdelot  ... 
    Performer:  William Gaunt,  david clegg,  Elizabeth Drury,  Emma Walshe  ... 
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    Francois 1er: Musiques D'un Regne
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Spoken Word,  Jean Mouton,  Q18, Anonymous, B. C.  ... 
    Performer:  Vincent Bouchot,  Franck Poitrineau,  Jérémie Papasergio,  Elsa Frank  ... 
    Conductor:  Denis Raisin-Dadre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Doulce Mémoire
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    Richafort: Requiem - Tributes to Josquin / King's Singers
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 326 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benedictus Appenzeller,  Nicolas Gombert,  Josquin Des Préz,  Jacquet of Mantua  ... 
    Conductor:  David Skinner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Richafort: Requiem In Memoriam Josquin Desprez / Van Nevel
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951730 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Richafort
    Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huelgas Ensemble
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    A Renaissance Wedding Gift: Music from the Medici Codex of 1518
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3230 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Moulu,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Jean Mouton,  Johannes de la Fage  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Kirkman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers University Collegium Musicum
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    Richafort: Requiem / Cinquecento
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67959 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Richafort,  Josquin Des Préz,  Benedictus Appenzeller,  Jheronimus Vinders  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cinquecento
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    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 21105 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Alamire,  Ludwig Senfl,  Benedictus Appenzeller,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Johannes Weiss
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  B-Five Recorder Consort
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    Memento Mei: Songs From The Time Of Albertus Pictor
    Label: Daphne   Catalog: 1038 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Mouton,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Jean Richafort,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  A Capella Holmiensis
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    Artist Profile - Jeremy Summerly
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506024 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Carys-Anne Lane,  Nicholas Gedge,  Colm Carey,  Peter Crawford  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Au Pres De Vous: French Chansons Of The 16th Century
    Label: Mignarda   Catalog: 5637562220 Release Date: 09/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Attaingnant,  Jean Richafort,  Pierre Sandrin,  Marco Dall'Aquila  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mignarda
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    The Song Of Songs / Singer Pur
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 803 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Keller,  John Plummer,  Joanne Metcalf,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Klaus Wenk,  Reiner Schneider-Waterburg,  Claudia Reinhard,  Manuel Warwitz  ... 
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    Music From The Reign Of Henry Viii
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4003 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Antoine de Févin,  Ludwig Senfl,  Jean Richafort  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Podger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Forbury Consort,  Holbein Consort,  Trinity Baroque
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    A La Incoronation - Gombert, Et Al / Da Col, Tamminga, Et Al
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5083 Release Date: 01/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cesare Bendinelli,  Pietro Francese,  Jean Richafort,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Liuwe Tamminga,  Doron David Sherwin,  Luca Bonvini,  David Yacus  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Cassone,  Paolo Da Col,  Bruce Dickey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pian e Forte Ensemble,  Odhecaton Ensemble for Ancient Music,  Cornetti e Tromboni
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    Music For Philip Of Spain / Dixon, Chapelle Du Roi
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 01/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Fernando de las Infantas,  Alonso Lobo,  Jean Richafort  ... 
    Conductor:  Alistair Dixon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chapelle du Roi
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    Willaert: Missa Christus Resurgens, Etc / Oxford Camerata
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553211 Release Date: 01/19/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Richafort,  Adrian Willaert
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
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