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Jacob Handl

A composer of Slovenian birth, Jacobus Handl, known as Gallus, spent most of his professional life in the service of the Catholic Church in Austria. He worked as Kantor for several courts and churches in Austria and Bohemia until his untimely death. Writing at the end of the Renaissance, he was able to avail himself of musical ideas that had matured over two centuries, crafting a sophisticated synthesis of Franco-Flemish, German, and Italian styles. Contemporaries admired his music for its beautifully woven counterpoint, sometimes calling him The Bohemian Palestrina. The ambiguity in his name may be due to his translating the original name Petelin (meaning rooster) into the German diminutive Handl and the Latin equivalent Gallus at different times in his life.
Iacobus Handl-Gallus: Moralia; Harmoniae Morales (Box Set):: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005YJ
Madrigal :: a madrigal is a setting for 4-6 voices of a secular text, often in Italian.:: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrigal_%28music%
Motet :: a short polyphonic musical setting in imitative counterpoint, for chorus, of a religious text.:: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motet


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