Clément Janequin (c. 1485 –
1558) was a French composer of the Renaissance. He was one
of the most famous composers of popular chansons of the entire
Renaissance, and along with Claudin de Sermisy, was hugely influential in
the development of the Parisian chanson, especially the programmatic type.
The wide spread of his fame was made possible by the concurrent
development of music printing.
programmatic chansons for which Janequin is famous were long, sectional
pieces, and usually cleverly imitated natural or man-made sounds. Le
chant des oiseaux imitates bird-calls.
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