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Jacobus de Kerle

KERLE, Jacobus de. b. Ypres, the Netherlands, 1531 or 1532; d. Prague, 7 January 1591. Kerle was a singer at Cambrai Cathedral from 1548 to ca.1550. From ca.1550 to 1562 he was in Italy as director of the boys’ choir and organist at Orvieto cathedral. In 1562 he went to Rome as director of the private chapel of Cardinal Otto Truchsess von Waldburg, Bishop of Augsburg, whom he served until May 1565 when the Cardinal was forced to disband his chapel. By the end of that year Kerle was back in Ypres as director of music at the cathedral, a position he held until April 1567. In August 1568 he was appointed vicar-choral at Augsburg and shortly thereafter organist of the cathedral, serving at...

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