Guillaume Du Fay

1397 - 1474

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Guillaume Du Fay ( dyoo-FEYE, French: [dy fa(j)i]; also Dufay, Du Fayt; 5 August 1397(?) – 27 November 1474) was a composer and music theorist of early Renaissance music, who is variously described as French or Franco-Flemish. Considered the leading European composer of his time, his music was widely performed and reproduced. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guillaume Du Fay has received more than 313,119 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Guillaume Du Fay is the 92nd most popular composer (up from 101st in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 44th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Belgian Composer.

Guillaume du Fay is most famous for being the first composer to write polyphonic music.

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Among composers, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 92 out of 1,451Before him are George Gershwin, François Couperin, Luigi Cherubini, Luigi Boccherini, Pietro Mascagni, and Olivier Messiaen. After him are Alma Mahler, César Franck, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Ruggero Leoncavallo, and Léo Delibes.

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Among people born in 1397, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 3Before him are Sejong the Great, and Pope Nicholas V. After him are Albert II of Germany, Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Hacı I Giray, Isabella of Portugal, Duchess of Burgundy, Jahan Shah, Chimalpopoca, Baysunghur, Tlacaelel, and Alexander I Aldea. Among people deceased in 1474, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 1After him are Henry IV of Castile, 1st Dalai Lama, Ali Qushji, Mahmud Pasha Angelović, Eric II, Duke of Pomerania, Pietro Riario, and Nicolò Marcello.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 37 out of 1,190Before him are Georges Lemaître (1894), Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1697), Eddy Merckx (1945), Pieter Brueghel the Younger (1564), Abraham Ortelius (1527), and Jacques Brel (1929). After him are Eleanor of Austria (1498), César Franck (1822), Pepin of Herstal (635), Philippe of Belgium (1960), Hergé (1907), and Victor Horta (1861).

Among COMPOSERS In Belgium

Among composers born in Belgium, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 2Before him are Orlande de Lassus (1534). After him are César Franck (1822), Johannes Ockeghem (1410), Jacob Obrecht (1457), Adrian Willaert (1490), Eugène Ysaÿe (1858), André Grétry (1741), Gilles Binchois (1400), Henri Vieuxtemps (1820), Pierre De Geyter (1848), and Heinrich Isaac (1450).