Guillaume de Machaut

1300 - 1377

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Guillaume de Machaut (French: [ɡijom də maʃo]; also Machau and Machault; c. 1300 – April 1377) was a French composer and poet who was the central figure of the ars nova style in late medieval music. His dominance of the genre is such that modern musicologists use his death to separate the ars nova from the subsequent ars subtilior movement. Regarded as the most significant French composer and poet of the 14th century, he is often seen as the century's leading European composer.One of the earliest European composers on whom considerable biographical information is available, Machaut has an unprecedented amount of surviving music, in part due to his own involvement in his manuscripts' creation and preservation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guillaume de Machaut has received more than 483,208 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Guillaume de Machaut is the 237th most popular writer (up from 319th in 2019), the 278th most popular biography from France (up from 359th in 2019) and the 45th most popular French Writer.

Guillaume de Machaut is most famous for composing the Messe de Nostre Dame in the 14th century.

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Among writers, Guillaume de Machaut ranks 237 out of 5,794Before him are Svetlana Alexievich, W. Somerset Maugham, Wisława Szymborska, Anacreon, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, and Bartolomé de las Casas. After him are William Golding, Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Christine de Pizan, Prosper Mérimée, Philip K. Dick, and Alphonse Daudet.

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Among people born in 1300, Guillaume de Machaut ranks 1After him are Nogai Khan, Guy de Chauliac, Johannes Tauler, Jani Beg, Gaykhatu, Masamune, Guillaume de Beaujeu, Jaunutis, Mesud II, Vytenis, and Baydu. Among people deceased in 1377, Guillaume de Machaut ranks 2Before him is Edward III of England. After him are Algirdas, Frederick the Simple, Urus Khan, and Vladislav I of Wallachia.

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In France

Among people born in France, Guillaume de Machaut ranks 278 out of 5,234Before him are Jeanne Baret (1740), Claude Lorrain (1600), William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825), Pope Martin IV (1220), Jean-Martin Charcot (1825), and Henry I of France (1008). After him are Isabella of France (1295), Prosper Mérimée (1803), Joseph Fouché (1759), Denis Papin (1647), Vincent de Paul (1581), and Alphonse Daudet (1840).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Guillaume de Machaut ranks 45Before him are Henri Charrière (1906), François de La Rochefoucauld (1613), Colette (1873), Pierre Corneille (1606), Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894), and W. Somerset Maugham (1874). After him are Prosper Mérimée (1803), Alphonse Daudet (1840), Germaine de Staël (1766), Frédéric Mistral (1830), Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749), and Antonin Artaud (1896).