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Claude Goudimel

GOUDIMEL, Claude. b. Besançon, ca. 1520 ; d. Lyon, 28-31 August 1572. Goudimel played a leading part in the creation of the French Psalter (1539; see French Protestant psalms*) with his harmonizations of melodies created by Loys Bourgeois*, Pierre Davantès*, Guillaume Franc* and other musicians from Strasbourg such as Matthäus Greiter*. The exact year of Goudimel’s birth is not known (the Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary proposes 1505, certain American, English and German musicologists and Bautz, in his Biographisch-bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon, suggest ca. 1514, and NGII gives ca. 1514-1520). In the absence of other evidence, French hymnologists generally hold to ca...

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