Ghiselin, Johannes

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Ghiselin, Johannes

Ghiselin, Johannes, important Flemish composer who flourished in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. He also used the name Verbonnet as an alias. He was active at the court in Ferrara, and also a singer at S. Giovanni in Florence (1492-93); later was a singer to the King of France in Paris. He returned to Ferrara in 1503, but fled to the Netherlands after an outbreak of the plague in 1505. He was last reported in Bergen op Zoom in 1507. Petrucci publ. a vol. of Ghiselin’s masses in 1503. His extant works include 9 masses, 13 motets, and secular vocal works. These compositions reveal him as a worthy contemporary of Josquin Desprez and Jacob Obrecht. A complete edition of his works was ed. by C. Gottwald in Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae, XXIII/1-4 (1961-68).


C. Gottwald, J. G.—Johannes Verbonnet: Stilkritische Untersuchung zum Problem ihrer Identitat (Wiesbaden, 1962).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire