Valenciennes (Nord, France), 15281600

Claude Le Jeune was one of the most prolific and important composers of the second half of the sixteenth century, his output consisting of hundreds of psalms, airs, chansons, motets, and other compositions. His work shows the influence of both the school of Flemish composers following Josquin and the Parisian school which cultivated the harmonic air de cour with its lightly accompanied prosodic recitation embellished with melismas.