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Biography

Nicolas de Marle is a composer of profane and sacred music active in Noyon in the middle of the Sixteenth century.

There is no archival document on the life or career of Nicolas de Marle, who is only known by his printed works in his time.

Twelve secular songs were published between 1544 and 1554 at the music publishers Pierre Attaingnant and Nicolas Du Chemin. The best known is A Shepherdess One Day (1545), which, given re-issue and handwritten diffusion, seems to have been a success, which allowed her author to be more widely published.

We also know of him three masses published by Adrian Le Roy and Robert Ballard (1557, 1559), and Nicolas Du Chemin (1568) 1 . This last publication is the only one that gives us some biographical information: his first name (only his name Marle or De Marle appears on the others), the fact that he is then priest and master of the choir children of Notre-Dame Cathedral. Noyon 1 .

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