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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. Du Fay was well-associated with composers of the Burgundian School, particularly his colleague Gilles Binchois, but was never a regular member of the Burgundian chapel himself.While he is among the best-documented composers of his time, Du Fay's birth and family is shrouded with uncertainty, though he was probably the illegitimate child of a priest. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guillaume Du Fay has received more than 282,533 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Guillaume Du Fay is the 101st most popular composer (down from 100th in 2019), the 44th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 43rd in 2019) and the 3rd 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 101 out of 1,216Before him are Jacopo Peri, Arvo Pärt, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Paul Hindemith, and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. After him are Joaquín Rodrigo, Benjamin Britten, Muzio Clementi, Mikhail Glinka, Francis Poulenc, and Francisco Tárrega.

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Among people born in 1397, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 4Before him are Sejong the Great, Pope Nicholas V, and Albert II of Germany. After him are Paolo dal Pozzo Toscanelli, Hacı I Giray, Isabella of Portugal, Duchess of Burgundy, Jahan Shah, Chimalpopoca, Francesco Squarcione, Baysunghur, and Tlacaelel. Among people deceased in 1474, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 1After him are Henry IV of Castile, 1st Dalai Lama, Mahmud Pasha Angelović, Ali Qushji, Pietro Riario, and Nicolò Marcello.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 44 out of 1,019Before him are Victor Horta (1861), Margaret of Parma (1522), Princess Stéphanie of Belgium (1864), Eddy Merckx (1945), Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568), and Abraham Ortelius (1527). After him are Carlota of Mexico (1840), Adolphe Sax (1814), Jules Bordet (1870), Simon Stevin (1548), Henry van de Velde (1863), and Samo (600).

Among COMPOSERS In Belgium

Among composers born in Belgium, Guillaume Du Fay ranks 3Before him are Orlande de Lassus (1534) and César Franck (1822). After him are Johannes Ockeghem (1410), Adrian Willaert (1490), Gilles Binchois (1400), Eugène Ysaÿe (1858), Henri Vieuxtemps (1820), Jacob Obrecht (1457), André Grétry (1741), Jacques Arcadelt (1507), and Pierre De Geyter (1848).