Johannes de Cleve

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Johannes de Cleve (c. 1529 – 14 July 1582) was a composer active at the court of Ferdinand I and Charles II.

He was presumably born in the Duchy of Cleves, and recruited into the court as a choirboy in the same way as Lassus and many others.[1][2] He was originally a singer in Ferdinand's chapel in Vienna, but when Charles II organized a new chapel in Graz in 1564, he appointed de Cleve as the first Kapellmeister in Graz.


  • Laudatory and occasional Latin motets for the Habsburg court.
  • 'Missa rex Babylonis venit ad lacum.'


  1. ^ Nele Gabriëls, Johannes de Cleve (1529-1582) and His Laudatory Motets
  2. ^ New Oxford history of music: Vol4 The Age of Humanism, 1540-1630 ed. Jack Allan Westrup - 1990 JOHANNES DE CLEVE "Of the same age as Vaet was Johannes de Cleve..."