Enchanté: the French Chanson and its Legacy
The classic French chanson was the descendent of the Burgundian and Franco-Flemish forms of the late Fifteenth Century. It was crystallized after the death of Josquin by composers such as Jannequin, Sermisy, Sandrin, Verdelot, and Arcadelt.
Thanks to the new technology of music printing, printed editions of chansons flooded forth from publishers such as Susato, Attaignant, Du Chemin, and Ballard. The form came to be practiced by an international array of composers including the towering figure of Roland de Lassus.
The influence of the form was great; the Italian madrigal was the marriage of the modest Italian frottola with the suavely melodious chanson, and was created by Franco-Flemish composers before being embraced by the Italians. The chanson also influenced German chorales and Italian canzoni alla francese, which eventually morphed into the baroque instrumental sonata. Within France, late Renaissance chansons yielded to the airs de cours which formed the basis for the uniquely French form of opera established by Lully.
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