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As well as his continued employment at the French court, Mouton found favour with the music-loving Medici Pope, Leo X, who reigned from 1513 to 1521 and named the composer an apostolic notary. There are several mentions in contemporary writings of the high regard in which Leo held Mouton’s music. Like many clerical singers in the late Middle Ages, Mouton acquired several benefices (positions as canon, rector or similar, which could carry considerable income while often being held vicariously). These included canonicates in Grenoble, St Quentin, and Thérouanne. At his death in 1522, Mouton was buried in St Quentin, as a few years earlier had been Loyset Compère, another composer who may previously have held the same canonry. Alongside his own output of musical works, Mouton taught composition to Adrian Willaert, a leading figure of the next generation who was director of music at St Mark’s, Venice, for thirty-five years.
from notes by Stephen Rice © 2012