"If you were music, I would listen to you ceaselessly, and my low spirits would brighten up." - Anna Akhmatova

Gilles Binchois

Ockeghem and Dufay may have been the best known composers of their time, it seems they both admired Binchois (which was a pseudonym, his real name was 'Gilles de Bins') to a great extent. Both composers wrote impressive lamentation for Binchois - Ockeghem his Mort tu as navré and Dufay his En triumphant de cruel dueil. The notion that Binchois is not as famous today is probably due to both his modesty and the fact that a large part of his works didn't survive after all these years. 

At the end of the 1420s, Binchois started working for the Burgundian chape, which was a musical bastion with a large focus on tradition. He wrote music as they would have liked it: sober, stylised chansons and sacred music. His chansons must have been admired by his colleagues, since many of his melodies were used in other compositions. 

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