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Adrian Le Roy

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Born: 1520; Montreuil-sur-Mer   Died: 1598; Paris, France  
Adrian Le Roy was a versatile figure in the arts in sixteenth century France, successfully mixing the careers of composer, lutenist, guitarist, pedagogue, and music publisher. As a composer, Le Roy is best known for his chansons and works for lute, guitar, and cittern, instruments on which he was a virtuoso.

Le Roy was born around 1520 in the northern French town of Montreuil-sur-Mer. He came from a wealthy family, but little else is
Read more known about his early years. He was probably a choirboy and undoubtedly studied with accomplished teachers on his trio of favorite instruments.

By his early adult years Le Roy was an accomplished musician and around this time was taken into the service of two royal dignitaries, Claude de Clermont-Tonnerre and Jacques II, Baron de Semblançay. Le Roy likely performed regularly for them at private gatherings, probably presenting some of his own works.

The young musician's interest in publishing appears to have been kindled by his acquaintance, in 1546, with Paris editor Jean de Brouilly. Le Roy, already financially secure, if not wealthy, purchased property from Brouilly and later married his daughter, Denise.

In 1551 Le Roy, along with his cousin Robert Ballard, established a music publishing firm, Le Roy & Ballard, which was eventually headquartered in the former Brouilly residence, one of the purchased properties. Le Roy served as artistic administrator of the firm, leaving the business details of the operation to his cousin.

The firm prospered, but Le Roy achieved his most satisfying successes in composition, mainly in songs and solo instrumental music. In 1551 he published the first of several instructional books, the initial effort dealing with the guitar, and two further ones, in 1557 and 1574, respectively, for lute. He also wrote numerous books of tablature for solo guitar, lute, and cittern. In addition, not only did he generally remain active as a composer of original music, but he arranged the works of other composers, like Certon.

By the 1570s Le Roy was among the few with connections not only to Kings (Charles IX and Henry III) and other French royalty, but to prominent composers of the day, including Lassus (a close friend), Arcadelt, and many others. Though the publishing firm slowed down for a time following the death of Ballard in 1588, it recovered and flourished once again. Le Roy died in 1598. Read less
Les Plaisirs Du Palais / Visse, Ensemble Clement Janequin
Release Date: 11/13/2007   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 5908224   Number of Discs: 2
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    Nine Notes That Shook The World / Ronn Mcfarlane, Mindy Rosenfeld [CD & Blu-Ray Audio]
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92169 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Adson,  Cesare Negri Milanesi,  Anonymous,  Michel Blavet  ... 
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    La Royalle: Music For Kings & Courtiers
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34111 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert de Visée,  Adrian Le Roy,  Francesco Corbetta,  Grégoire Brayssing  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Ferries
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    Guitar Serenity
    Label: Guitar Serenity   Catalog: 5637780002 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Tarrega,  Ryan Huddleston,  Gaspar Sanz,  Giovanni Zamboni  ... 
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    Chansons A Plaisir - Le Roy, Morlaye, Arcadelt, Sermisy, Etc / Fires Of Love, Et Al
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34063 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adrian Le Roy,  Claude de Sermisy,  Anonymous,  Thomas Crecquillon  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Ferries,  Jonathan Hugh Jones,  Frances Cooper,  Marcus Claridge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fires of Love
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    Les Plaisirs Du Palais / Visse, Ensemble Clement Janequin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5908224 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Decapella,  Adrian Le Roy,  Mittantier,  Eustachius Barbion  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Bellocq
    Conductor:  Dominique Visse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
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    Tabulatures De Guiterne / Michael Craddock
    Label: Cantus   Catalog: 9632 Release Date: 12/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Guillaume Morlaye,  Adrian Le Roy
    Performer:  Michael Craddock
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    Century Vol 10 - The Rise Of Instrumental Music (1450-1650)
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908172 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ricardo Rognono,  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Josquin Des Préz,  Heinrich Isaac  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Verbruggen,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Crawford Young,  Paul O'Dette  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Pandolfo,  Dominique Visse,  David Douglass,  Jeremy Barlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto,  Clément Janequin Ensemble,  The King's Noyse  ... 
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    Janequin: La Chasse Et Autres Chansons / Ensemble Janequin
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951271 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clément Janequin,  Guillaume Morlaye,  Adrian Le Roy
    Performer:  Claude Debôves
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clément Janequin Ensemble
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    Henry VIII and His Six Wives / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1250 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  King VIII Henry,  Thomas Ford,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood,  James Bowman,  Oliver Brookes,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 10.
    Making Merrye - Joyful Medieval Songs & Dances
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 02/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Adrian Le Roy,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jon Banks,  Sharon Lindo,  Sara Stowe,  Matthew Spring
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    Josquin Des Pres - Master Of Musicians
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 25 Release Date: 09/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jheronimus Vinders,  Tylman Susato,  Francesco Spinacino,  Adrian Le Roy  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Thorby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua of London
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  • 12.
    Custer Larue - Ballads
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90014 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jehan Chardavoine,  Adrian Le Roy,  Samuel Akeroyde  ... 
    Performer:  Custer LaRue,  Chris Norman,  Kim Robertson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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    Douce Beauté / Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 21656 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Anonymous,  Edward Filmer,  Gabriel Bataille  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Azéma
    Conductor:  Joel Cohen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
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    Label: Curb   Catalog: 78049 Release Date: 10/31/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincenzo Capirola,  Adrian Le Roy,  Robert Morton,  Pierre Attaingnant  ... 
    Performer:  Eckart Haupt,  Monika Röst
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    For Lute & Bass Viol / Geneva Baroque Duo
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 540 Release Date: 08/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego Ortiz,  Anonymous,  Albert de Rippe,  Giles Farnaby  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geneva Baroque Duo
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    Ronn Mcfarlane - The Renaissance Lute
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90186 Release Date: 02/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Adrian Le Roy
    Performer:  Ronn McFarlane
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    La Rocque'n'roll - Popular Music Of Renaissance France
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90177 Release Date: 09/28/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Francois du Caurroy,  Adrian Le Roy,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Mary Anne Ballard,  Chris Norman,  Ronn McFarlane,  Larry Lipkis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Consort
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