History of Classical Music

Johannes Ockeghem

Renaissance Period
Johannes Ockeghem was a premier chaplain to three kings in France. He was long identified as one of the fathers of Renaissance music. He made two travels as a musician. He went to Italy and Spain. he was a singer of the Notre Dame Church in Antwerp from 1443 until 1448. He became a singer in the chapel of Duke Karl VII of Bourbon at Moulins.

Ockeghem was born at Berg-op-Zoom in Belgium around 1410. He died in Tours, France, in 1497. He was influenced by Guillaume Dufay and Josquin Desprez.

He wrote a handful of motets, several masses, and a couple of dozen chansons. He composed chansons to Dutch, French, and Italian words. His most famous pieces were Missa Prolationum and Missa Cuiusvis toni.

By Lacey G. and Mitchell T. (Grade 5)

Music by Ockeghem

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