John Dunstable

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John Dunstaple (or Dunstable, c. 1390 – 24 December 1453) was an English composer of polyphonic music of the late medieval era and early Renaissance periods. He was one of the most famous composers active in the early 15th century, a near-contemporary of Leonel Power, and was widely influential, not only in England but on the continent, especially in the developing style of the Burgundian School.

The spelling "Dunstaple" is preferred by Margaret Bent, since it occurs in more than twice as many musical attributions as that of "Dunstable". The few English musical sources are equally divided between "b" and "p"; however, the contemporary non-musical sources, including those with a claim to a direct association with the composer, spell his name with a "p." Both spellings remain in common usage.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1996 John Dunstaple: Musician to the Plantagenets (Orlando Consort) 1
1996 Sacred Music of the Late English Gothic (John Dunstable), Clemencic Consort 1
1997 Motets (The Hilliard Ensemble) 1
2005 Sweet Harmony: Masses and Motets (Tonus Peregrinus feat. conductor: Antony Pitts) 1

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