Jean Richafort


Franco-Flemish composer. According to the poet Ronsard he studied with Josquin. In 1507-9 he was maitre de chapelle at S. Rombault, Malines; was somehow associated with the French royal chapel in succeeding years, traveling with it to Italy in 1516. In 1531 he was serving Maria of Hungary, Regent of the Netherlands, and from 1542 to 1547 was maître de chapelle at St. Gilles in Bruges. His stature can be deduced from the many surviving sources of his music (including a posthumous print of nineteen motets), frequent borrowings from his compositions, and statements by figures such as Glarean and Ronsard. He wrote a Requiem; Masses; Magnificats; motets (one of which is the basis for the earliest known full-fledged parody Masses, by Divitis and Mouton) and chansons widely disseminated in printed anthologies; two secular Latin motets. Glareanus included his motet Christus resurgens in the Dodecachordon, while his attractive 4-part Quem dicunt homines was one of the most popular motets of its day, with its bright Ionian mode and rhythmic ebullience; Palestrina was among many who wrote parody Masses upon it.

A Partial Jean Richafort Discography |  IVA: The Netherlanders around and after Josquin