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Dufay, Guillaume (1400–1474)

  1. George Thomas Kurian

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0454

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Kurian, G. T. 2011. Dufay, Guillaume (1400–1474). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Franco-Flemish composer, the most acclaimed musician of the 15th century. More than 200 of his works survive, including 84 songs, 90 motets and hymn settings, eight complete Masses, 13 isorhythmic motets, single Mass movements, and works in honor of the Virgin Mary. He is best known for his development of the cyclic Mass as a musical genre. His liturgical music helped to create the lyrical melodies of the Burgundian chanson. He is believed to have been a priest. Between 1428 and 1433 he sang at the papal court and had two patrons: Eugenius IV and Duke Amadeus VIII of Savoy.


  • Dufay, Guillaume (1400–1474);
  • franco-flemish composer;
  • cyclic mass, as a musical genre;
  • melodies, derived from fauxbourdon technique;
  • Missa Sancti Jacobi;
  • eight complete settings of the mass ordinary