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Pierre de la Rue (c. 1452-1518)
La Rue served in the Hapsburg-Burgundian courts of Maximilian I, Philip the Fair, and Margaret of Austria from 1492 until his death, a period of over 25 years. It is thought he came to composition relatively late in his career, after spending his early years as a singer in various cities like Brussels, Ghent, and 's-Hertogenbosch where records consistently identify him as a tenor. He is known primarily for Mass settings, including an important early polyphonic Requiem written at the death of Philip the Fair in 1506, but also left a number of motets and secular songs. His works were disseminated in a series of lavish illuminated manuscripts that originated in the workshops of Petrus Alamire, copyist for the Hapsburg-Burgundian courts.  
16th century MS Illumination
Works of La Rue published by Notre Dame Choir Editions
NDC008: Absalon fili mi
NDC035: Ave Regina cælorum
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