BiographyOne is unaware of the musical formation which this priest of middle-class origin received. In 1419, he was organist of the collegial of Mons. Robert Wangermée quotes a poem put in music by Ockeghem at its death and which reveals a share of its life:
In its youth, was roughneck soldier
Of honourable mondanity,
Then elected in the best share,
Serving God in humility
Towards 1423, it gained Lille to put at the service duke of Suffolk. In 1426, it entered to the service of Philippe the Good. The court of Burgundy was then famous in all the Europe for its music. Its Motet Nove cantum was probably composed in 1431 for the baptism of Antoine, prince de Bourgogne. His famous song I do not live oncques similar the perhaps Co-was written or written by Dufay. With Dufay, Binchois was regarded by its contemporaries as one of the largest type-setters of the free-Flemish school. In 1452, he became provost of collegial the Saint-Vincent de Soignies, close to Mons.
Although it has be initially known as author of sacred music - such sound Te Deum , the polyphonic work oldest which reached us -, one especially knows it for his profane works, singing the courtly love. About fifty known songs - rondos and some ballades -, often melancholic persons, took as a starting point more or less famous poems of authors, such Alain Chartier or Charles of Orleans.
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