Tour of Renaissance Music History

3 Great 15th Century Composers


This brochure is a tour of famous sites from three famous composers from the low countries in the Renaissance. These composers will be as follows: Guillaume Dufay, Orlando de Lassus, and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.

The Composers

Guillaume Dufay

Guillaume Dufay was a French composer who was born on 25 August, 1397 in Beersel, Belgium (near Brussels). He mostly composed vocal/choral music, and he died in 1474 in Cambrai, France.

Orlando de Lassus

Orlando Lassus was a Belgian composer who was born in 1532 in Mons, Belgim. He composed vocal/choral music, and he died in 1594 in Munich, Germany.

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was a Dutch composer who was born in May, 1562, in Deventer, The Netherlands. He mostly composed choral and keyboard music, and he died in October, 1621, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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The first stop is Beersel, Belgium, which is the birthplace of Guillaume Dufay. Its most famous landmark is Beersel Castle, which is open to tourists.

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Our second stop is Mons, Belgium, which is where Orlando de Lassus was born. A few sightseeing destinations are The Grand Place and City Hall

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Stop 3 is Deventer, The Netherlands, where Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was born. A few fun places to visit are the St. Nicholas Church and the Devneter Windmill.

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Stop 4 is Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Italy. This is were where Orlando de Lassus became maestro di cappella, or the person in charge of music in the church, in 1553.

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Our next stop is the Sistine Chapel, also in Rome, where Guillaume Dufay was a part of the Papal Choir in 1428.

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Our next and final stop is the Oude Kerk in Antwerp, Belgium. This is where Sweelinck received his education from catholic priest Jacob Buyck in 1573.