Jean de Bonmarché

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Jean de Bonmarché (ca. 1525–September 1570) was a composer of the Franco-Flemish school.[1][2]

Bonmarché was born in Douai. He became dean of Lille Cathedral, then in 1560 master of the choirboys at Old Cambrai Cathedral. On 30 November 1564, following the death of Pierre de Manchicourt, Margaret of Parma offered him the position of maestro de capilla of the Flemish chapel (capilla flamenca) in Spain. Bonmarché arrived in Madrid in June and served for five years. He died in Madrid and was succeeded by Geert van Turnhout.[3][4][5]

Only one work by Bonmarché, Constitues eos principes a 8 voces, survives.[6] This has edited for CPDL and may be found here. A significant body of work from his time at Cambrai was lost.


  1. ^ P. Becquart, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart 1 Barenreiter 8< Metzler, 1999
  2. ^ Vander Straeten E. Histoire de la musique aux Pay-Bas, Brussels, 1867. 71–96
  3. ^ Lavern J. Wagner. ‘Music of Composers from the Low Countries at the Spanish Court of Philip II’, Musique des Pays-Bas anciens – musique espagnole ancienne: Brussels 1985, 193–214, p199
  4. ^ Wicks John D. Entry in New Grove 1980 p24
  5. ^ Gerard De Turnhout: Sacred & Secular Songs for Three Voices: Songs to Latin texts.
  6. ^ RISM 15687, ed. L.J. Wagner, Athens, OH, 1987

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