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Paschal de L’Estocart

L’ESTOCART, Paschal de. b. 1539 or 1540 ; d. after 1584. His birth year is approximately identified through the mention of his age on a portrait accompanying the edition of the Octonaires de la Vanité du Monde: ‘PASCHAL DE L'ESTOCART . AAGE . DE . XLII.ANS’ (at the age of 42 in 1581, according to the dedication, or 1582, according to the edition). He probably died after 1584 in which year he took part in a musical competition (a ‘puy’) at Évreux. Little is known about his youth, but he travelled several times in Italy. On his return to France, he temporarily gave up composition, but resumed it later. He was protected by French lords, among them the Count Guillaume Robert de La Marck,...

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