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Pierre de La Rue

Biography

Born: 1452; Tournai, France   Died: November 20, 1518; Kortrijk, Belgium   Period: Renaissance
In an age when professional musicians flung themselves from court to international court seeking the most lucrative salary and perquisites, Pierre de La Rue's temperament was marked more by loyalty and hard work. Unlike many of his contemporaries in the so-called "Josquin generation" of musicians, La Rue may never have followed the talent drain from the North to Italy, and once he had slowly worked his way up into one of the finest musical Read more establishments in Europe, he stayed. This consummate professional musician, ordained to the deaconate, wrote copious amounts of music (30 or more masses, with at least two dozen motets and an equal number of chansons) while apparently caring for the poor in the name of Christ.
La Rue's birth in Tournai cannot be documented because of the destruction of that city's records in World War II, but his early positions of employment have been rediscovered. The earliest record calls him a tenor (adult) at St. Goedele in Brussels in 1469-1470, indicating a birthdate in the early 1450s. The tenor "Pieter vander straten" then proceeded to St. Jacob's in Ghent (during 1471 and 1472) and Onze Lieve Vrouw in Niewpoort (leaving by 1477). He is known to have worked at an unknown church in Cologne at some point, and may have spent some time between 1482 and 1485 at the Cathedral in Siena, Italy. The Italian employment, however, seems questionable on musical grounds, as few traces of Italian styles appear in his music, and no Italian manuscript sources from the time contain any pieces by him. In 1489, at any rate, La Rue began serving a confraternity in 's-Hertogenbosch, from which he would move in 1492 to his "tenured" position with the Hapsburg-Burgundian chapel.
Emperor Maximilian I took La Rue into the chapel he was rebuilding for his son Philip the Fair, Duke of Burgundy (1493-1506). He served Philip throughout his reign, then sang for Philip's widow Juana in Spain until 1508. After this time, La Rue remained in Hapsburg service, as court singer for Marguerite of Austria in Mechlin from 1508 till 1514 and then briefly for the future Emperor Charles V himself. During this service, he seems to have travelled somewhat, meeting Isaac, Févin, and probably Josquin on trips to Spain; Alexander Agricola sang with him in Philip's chapel from 1500-1506. He also continued composition apace; Marguerite held his music in especially high esteem, comissioning two elaborate manuscript volumes of his masses as well as including many of his chansons in her personal chansonniers. After a quarter century of Hapsburg service, La Rue retired to Courtrai in 1516, made his will later that year, and died in 1518. His epitaph lauds his musical service (erroneously read to include Hungary and Ireland), but also commemorates his virtue. Read less
Early Music - La Rue: Easter Mass, Etc / Sanvoisin, Et Al
Release Date: 08/15/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554656   Number of Discs: 1
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Early Music - Oh Flanders Free - Flemish Renaissance Music
Release Date: 05/16/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554516   Number of Discs: 1
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The A-la-mi-re Manuscripts - Flemish Polyphonic Treasures
Release Date: 01/25/2000   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554744   Number of Discs: 1
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La Rue: The Complete Magnificats, Three Salve Reginas
Release Date: 08/28/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557896   Number of Discs: 2
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Agricola: Chansons / Michael Chance, Fretwork
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907421   Number of Discs: 1
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    Missa Conceptio Tua: Medieval And Renaissance Music For Advent
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 573260 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Sarum Chant,  Pierre de La Rue,  Traditional
    Conductor:  Michael Alan Anderson
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    The Spy's Choirbook
    Label: Obsidian Records   Catalog: 712 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Mouton,  Antoine de Févin,  Anonymous,  Pierre de La Rue  ... 
    Conductor:  David Skinner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble,  English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
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    From the Imperial Court - Music for the House of Hapsburg / Stile Antico
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807595 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cristóbal de Morales,  Thomas Crecquillon,  Thomas Tallis,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stile Antico
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    Music For Van Dyck - Chansons And Madrigals From The 16th & The 20th C. / Ring Around Quartet
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802171 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clément Janequin,  Ennio Morricone,  Josquin Des Préz,  Orlando de Lassus  ... 
    Performer:  Silvio [Bass Vocal] Papini
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    Sacred Choral Music: Feast Of All Saints And All Souls
    Label: Jade   Catalog: 36667 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Pierre de La Rue,  Orlando de Lassus,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Grettelyn Nypaver,  James Materkowski,  Joshua Guenther,  Margie Barish
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    Hommage A La
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 1226 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine Busnois,  Johannes Lupi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoine Guerber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Diabolus in Musica
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    Ockeghem, De La Rue: Requiems / Straton Bull, Cappella Pratensis
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72541 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue,  Johannes Ockeghem
    Conductor:  Stratton Bull
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Pratensis
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    Audio Physic: 25 Years, Vol. 1
    Label: Turtle Records   Catalog: 5536 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Pierre de La Rue,  Hugo Distler  ... 
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Michael Gees,  Freek Borstlap,  Anne Galowich  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel,  Jan W. de Vriend,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Carlo Jans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Combattimento Consort Amsterdam,  Anima Eterna Orchestra (Bruges),  Margiono Quintet  ... 
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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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    La Declinaison De La Femme / Encantar
    Label: Phaedra   Catalog: 92069 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Pierre de La Rue,  Costanzo Festa,  Francesco Spinacino  ... 
    Performer:  Floris De Rycker,  Sofie Vanden Eynde,  Kerlijne Van Nevel,  Sarah Abrams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Encantar
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    Hohepunkte Der Chormusik
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300227 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin  ... 
    Performer:  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann,  Joachim Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schütz-Akademie,  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Trompetensemble Ludwig Güttler  ... 
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    Pierre La Rue: Missa De Feria, Missa Sanca Dei Genitrix / Gothic Voices
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55296 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue
    Performer:  Christopher Wilson,  Shirley Rumsey
    Conductor:  Christopher Page
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
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    A Golden Treasury Of Renaissance Music
    Label: Saydisc   Catalog: 65 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  King VIII Henry,  Christopher Tye,  William Cornysh,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paula Chateauneuf,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Deborah Roberts,  Richard [Bass Vocals] Wistreich  ... 
    Conductor:  James Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London,  Fretwork,  The York Waits  ... 
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    Des Préz, La Rue: Masses / New London Chamber Chorus
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Pierre de La Rue
    Conductor:  James Wood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Chamber Chorus
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    Dolcissima Mia Vita
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300147 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue,  Josquin Des Préz,  Antoine de Févin,  Johann Walter  ... 
    Performer:  Gothart Stier,  Karl-Heinz Schmieder,  Werner Eberhardt,  Siegfried Hausmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe,  Hans Gruss,  Roderich Kreile,  Rudolf Mauersberger  ... 
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    Cecus - Agricola And His Contemporaries / Schmelzer, Graindelavoix
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 32105 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pierre de La Rue,  Alexander Agricola,  Juan de Anchieta  ... 
    Conductor:  Björn Schmelzer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graindelavoix
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    Fragile / Die Singphoniker
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 817 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue,  Ludwig Thomas,  Kurt Weill,  Einojuhani Rautavaara  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Singphoniker
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    Pierre De La Rue: Lamentationes Jeremiae; Heinrich Isaac: Oratio Jeremiae Prophetae
    Label: Cornetto-verlag   Catalog: 10006 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue,  Isaac Albéniz
    Conductor:  Rolf Maier-Karius
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    The Art Of The Netherlands
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 28497 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Alexander Agricola  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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    Vox Neerlandica 1
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1368 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Ciconia,  Guillaume Dufay,  Josquin Des Préz,  Pierre de La Rue  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul van Nevel
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    La Rue: Missa O Gloriosa Margaretha / Schaher
    Label: Cornetto-verlag   Catalog: 10007 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue,  Anonymous,  Conrad Paumann,  Hans Buchner  ... 
    Performer:  Raimund Schaher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Penalosa Ensemble
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    Music In The Home Of Martin Luther / Penalosa Ensemble, Et Al
    Label: Cornetto-verlag   Catalog: 10011 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Benedictus Ducis,  Pierre de La Rue,  Anonymous  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Divertimento Musicale Nürnberg-Basel,  Penalosa 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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    The Art Of The Netherlands / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64215 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Alexander Agricola  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Elliott,  James Bowman,  Andrew van der Beek,  Alan Lumsden  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
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    La Rue: The Complete Magnificats, Three Salve Reginas
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557896 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pierre de La Rue
    Conductor:  Peter Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viva Voce
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