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La Rue’s compositional output is focused on the genre of the Mass Ordinary: at least thirty settings survive from the sixteenth century with attributions to him. As is the duty of all musicologists, Meconi divides the œuvre into three chronological periods: before 1506, 1506–16, and after 1516. 1506 is the year when Duke Philip travelled to Spain for a second time to secure the crown of Castile which his wife Juana had inherited in 1504; Philip’s death there at the age of only twenty-eight led to La Rue spending two years in Spain in the service of the distraught widow. He returned to the north in 1508 and remained there until his retirement from the court eight years later, moving to Kortrijk/Courtrai where he died in 1518.
from notes by Stephen Rice © 2016