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Pierre de la Rue, composer at the grande chapelle of the Habsburg-Burgundian court for nearly a quarter of a century, composed for one of the leading musical institutions of his day. Serving successive rulers Maximilian I, Philip the Fair, Juana of Castile, Marguerite of Austria, and the future Charles V, La Rue surpassed a dozen composer colleagues in his creation of polyphony to meet the needs of the court and its extravagant liturgy. Honey Meconi presents the first ever study in English of la Rue's life and career, exploring aspects of his compositional output and highlighting the reawakening of modern scholarship to his unique contribution. Extensive documentation of the events of his life and a complete record of the transmission of his music across Europe make this study essential for everyone studying the musical court in Europe at the turn of the 16th century.
Honey Meconi is Director of Medieval Studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania and Music Fellow of Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy. Dr Meconi's shorter writings have been published widely including with the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Journal of Musicology, Early Music, Journal of the American Musicological Society, and numerous others. She is currently editing
Early Musical Borrowing for Garland in their series "Criticism and Analysis of Early Music".