Born in the Pas-de-Calais region, Jean L’Héritier was among the most highly regarded Renaissance composers of the generation following Josquin des Prez, with whom, according to an Italian contemporary, he studied at one time. In the early years of the 16th century he was associated with the Royal French court, but subsequently he worked in Ferrara, Rome, Mantua and Verona. Around 1530 he returned to live and work in France. The popularity of his music in Rome is indicated by the inclusion of his works in several manuscripts of Roman origin, but his music was also widely circulated across Europe. It is believed that he wrote about fifty motets, two of which Palestrina used as the basis of a mass. The original manuscript of his six-part composition Surrexit pastor bonus
was a working choir book for the Julian Chapel choir of the Vatican and was re-discovered and published by David Trendell, late Director of Music at King’s College London.
from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2014