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Pierre Clereau (or Cler’eau) (c.1520-c.1567)
Dixiesme Livre de Chansons, Le Roy & Ballard 1559
Time to meet another composer. Clereau’s first published song also appeared under Pierre Certon’s name, and the two have stylistic similarities as well as that of their name.
Clereau was obviously popular and well-known enough to merit a whole book to himself: Le Roy & Ballard’s 10th book was devoted entirely to his works, in contrast with all the other numbered volumes in the series; and in the same year a book of his 3-part songs also appeared. Nevertheless the information we have today about him is sparse. He was quite a prolific Ronsard-setter too, so will be appearing here frequently!
Little of Clereau has been recorded – just three of the Ronsard songs as far as I know – and unfortunately this is not one of them… Watch this space, though: there will be some Clereau to listen to soon.