Sermisy, Claudin or Claude de

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Sermisy, Claudin or Claude de

Sermisy, Claudin or Claude de, significant French composer; b. c. 1490; d. Paris, Sept. 13, 1562. He served as a cleric at the Saint-Chapelle in Paris in 1508. He also was a singer in the private chapel of Louis XII, and may have traveled abroad with the King’s chapel. After serving as a canon at Notre-Dame-de-la-Rotonde in Rouen, he went to the parish church of Cambron in the Amiens diocese in 1524. In 1532 he returned to Paris as sous-maître at the royal chapel, and also held the eleventh canonry of the Saint-Chapelle from 1533. He was an outstanding composer of both sacred and secular music. A number of his chansons, masses, and motets were pubi, in contemporary collections. G. Allaire and I. Cazeaux ed. a complete collection of his works in Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae, LXII/1 (1970–74).


G. Allaire, The Masses of Claudin d.S. (diss., Boston Univ., 1960); I. Cazeaux, The Secular Music of Claudin d.S. (diss., Columbia Univ., 1961).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire