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Nicolas Payen

born: c1512
died: after 24 April 1559
country: Netherlands

Nicolas Payen was one of the first Flemings to leave a mark in Madrid. He was born in Soignies, where he sang in the choir of St Vincent, but by the age of thirteen he had already been sent to Spain, presumably as a choirboy (voices broke later in those days). By the 1540s he was rising in the chapel hierarchy, becoming successively a clerk and a chaplain, until finally, in 1556, he took over the post of maestro de capilla. Little of his music is available today, and limited research has been done on his life.

from notes by Peter Phillips © 2024


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