Eustache du Caurroy baptised February 4, — August 7, was a French composer of the late Renaissance. He probably entered royal service around , and in is first mentioned in documents from the royal court, when he won a song competition: he was to win two more, in and , for a motet and a chanson respectively. Du Caurroy accumulated wealth and honours in the first decade of the 17th century, including benefices and a large estate in Picardy. Du Caurroy was primarily interested in counterpoint , and was widely read in the theoretical work of the time, including that of Gioseffe Zarlino , who provided the best available summation of the contrapuntal practice in the 16th century. His contrapuntal interest is best shown in his sacred music, of which the largest collection is the two volumes of motets, 53 in all, entitled Preces ecclesiasticae , published in Paris in
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Gerberoy, bap. French composer. He took a prize in that year for French song, for a motet in , and for another chanson in ; see E. Teviotdale, CMc , vol. Until Du Caurroy held the post of You do not currently have access to this article. Please login to access the full content. Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Grove Music Online. Advanced search. Highlight search term Email Share This.
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Eustache Du Caurroy
Gerberoy, bap. French composer. He took a prize in that year for French song, for a motet in , and for another chanson in ; see E. Teviotdale, CMc , vol. Until Du Caurroy held the post of
Eustache du Caurroy
Although one reliable source composer Jean-Benjamin de la Borde lists du Caurroy 's birthplace as Gerberoy, he may well have been born in nearby Beauvais, where he was baptized on February 4, Virtually nothing is known of du Caurroy 's early years and his first recorded activity is as a singer in the royal chapel under King Henry III, though he may have been in the service of King Charles IX in the early s, as is suggested on a monument erected to du Caurroy 's memory. In any event, by the mids du Caurroy was already a seasoned composer, winning prizes in the annual Puy d'Evreux competition in and for vocal works. He was awarded another prize in the same competition in for a chanson. Around this time du Caurroy began serving as assistant master of the royal chapel and soon produced what is perhaps his best-known work, the Missa pro defunctis c. The work would remain de rigueur at the funerals of French monarchs for the next century or so.