Mesangeau, René, notable French lutenist, teacher, and composer; b. place and date unknown; d. Paris, 1638. He was an equerry at the French court by 1619, serving as a musicien ordinaire du Roi to Louis XIII from 1621 until his death. Many of his lute pieces appeared in contemporary editions. See A. Souris and M. Rollin, eds., Oeuvres de René Mesangeau, Corpus des luthistes français (Paris, 1971).
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