Jacob Regnart

(c.1540 - 1599)

Franco-Flemish composer. An Imperial chorister under Vaet; as an adult was variously a singer at the Prague court, vice-Kapellmeisterin 1582-4 and from 1598, and Kapellmeister to the archducal court at Innsbruck from 1585 to 1596. He published thirty-seven Masses, 195 motets, and a Passion, but is most important for his application to German secular song of the Italian styles of serious madrigal and simple villanella. Despite a Germanic tunefulness in the top line, his songs are more Italianate even than those of Lassus, and were the most popular of those appearing at that time.

A Partial Jacob Regnart Discography |  IVA: The Netherlanders around and after Josquin   |   IVK: Orlandus Lassus and Catholic Polyphony in late 16th Century Germany