Jacob Arcadelt

Jacques Arcadelt (also Jacob Arcadelt; c. 1507 – 14 October 1568) was a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, active in both Italy and France, and principally known as a composer of secular vocal music. Although he also wrote sacred vocal music, he was one of the most famous of the early composers of madrigals; his first book of madrigals, published within a decade of the appearance of the earliest examples of the form, was the most widely printed collection of madrigals of the entire era. In addition to his work as a madrigalist, and distinguishing him from the other prominent early composers of madrigals – Philippe Verdelot and Costanzo Festa – he was equally prolific and adept at composing chansons, particularly late in his career when he lived in Paris.

Arcadelt was the most influential member of the early phase of madrigal composition, the "classic" phase; it was through Arcadelt's publications, more than those of any other composer, that the madrigal became known outside of Italy. Later composers considered Arcadelt's style to represent an ideal; later reprints of his first madrigal book were often used for teaching, with reprints appearing more than a century after its original publication.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1505 (Namur), Died 1568 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-8773 12-in. 3/31/1910 Ave Maria Paulist Choristers of Chicago Male vocal chorus composer  
Victor B-11186 10-in. 11/6/1911 Chanson Lorraine Edmond Clément Tenor vocal solo, with piano arranger  
Victor BVE-15804 10-in. 9/21/1926 II bianco cigno Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] Male vocal solo, with harp and lute composer  
Victor B-15804 10-in. 3/17/1915 II bianco cigno Raymond Dixon [i.e., Lambert Murphy] Male vocal solo, with harp and lute composer  
Victor BVE-37860 10-in. 3/21/1927 Ave Maria Palestrina Choir Chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Victor BVE-45217 10-in. 5/28/1928 Ave Maria Nicola A. Montani ; Palestrina Choir Mixed chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Victor CVE-48958 12-in. 4/5/1929 Ave Maria Alexander Russell Organ solo composer  
Victor BS-022385 10-in. 5/9/1938 Ave Maria Harl McDonald ; University of Pennsylvania Choral Society Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Victor BS-023911 10-in. 6/27/1938 Ave Maria Boston Pops Orchestra ; Arthur Fiedler Orchestra composer  
Victor BS-030724 10-in. 12/17/1938 Il bianco e dolce cigno Trapp Family Choir ; Franz Wasner Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Columbia 76526 12-in. approximately 8/7/1919 Ave Maria New Queen's Hall Orchestra ; Henry J. Wood Orchestra composer  
Brunswick E18611-E18613 10-in. 3/30/1926 Ave Maria Fordham University Glee Club Male vocal chorus composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Arcadelt, Jacob," accessed March 24, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104096.

Arcadelt, Jacob. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 24, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104096.

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