By: Niamh Russell
All about Binchois
It is unknown who specifically trained Binchois, but many have theories as to how he grew into a talented composer. Some say it was from Italian or French influence, and others say it was from his years in the choir at the Hainaut Court. Mons was full of popular musicians, which greatly inspired Binchois. He first showed his individual talent in 1419, when he started playing the organ at church services.
Binchois was raised by his father, a businessman. Although not for certain, Binchois was said to be a chivalrous soldier, according to a song performed at his funeral, Ainsi que a la fois m'y souvient (And at the Same Time Remember Me). He was said to have possibly worked in the Earl Service, where he wrote his most famous song, De plus en plus (More and More), but left in the 1420’s to later strive in the music industry. From 1427-1453, Binchois worked for Philip the Good at the Burgundian court. As well as being a talented musician and a dedicated soldier, records show Binchois was also a skilled dentist. Many say his greatest collection was the rondeau, a poetic style of song, that differed from music of the time. He also varied his work from sacred to secular.
Binchois wrote many compositions, including (as meantioned before) De plus en plus (More and More), Nove cantum melodie (New Songs), and Je ne pouroye estre joyeux (I Cannot Be Joyous). More of peers than patrons, Dufay and Dunstaple were Binchois' fellow composers at the time.
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