About the book

Clément Janequin: Life and Works, at 420 pages and 52 chapters, is divided into sections on: Roots, Bordeaux, Program Chansons, Angers, Four-voice Chansons, Three-voice Chansons, The Move to Paris, Psalms, Paris 1549-1555, Patronage, Last Years, Authenticity, Chronology and Legacy.

The book traces the life and works of Janequin from his birth around 1485 to his death in 1558. It reviews the documentary evidence, including at least one document not previously discussed in the literature, and refines a number of authenticity issues.  It also calls into question the traditional tri-partite chronology, and is frankly prescriptive in the frequent “Performance Considerations” sections, in which the role of Janequin as a provider of entertainment music is central.

It is designed to be used in conjunction with Clément Janequin: Chansons Polyphoniques (6 volumes, ed. Francois Lesure and A. Tillman Merritt, Éditions de l’Oiseaux Lyre 1965-71 and 1983) and with the transcriptions of Janequin’s sacred works provided on this website.

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 About the author

Rolf Norsen (1944) studied choral conducting with Olaf Christiansen, stage directing with Cosmos Catalano and musicology with Marc Honegger, William F. Prizer and Alejandro Planchart.  He is the author of several plays (in Norwegian), two opera librettos and I Manoscritti Musicali del Duomo del Castelfranco Veneto (1985). He lives in Nord Østerdal, Norway and Manoppello, Italy.