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  Church Music Composers
JOSQUIN DES PRES (c.1440–c.1521). Sometimes written as Josquin Despres or simply Josquin, his name in Flemish means ‘Joseph of the fields’. He was the first great Renaissance composer of polyphonic music and, unlike many composers, he was extremely famous in his own time. Many of his compositions survive including at least  masses,  motets and  songs. The best known mass is the Missa de Beata Virgine and perhaps the most famous of his songs is a short humorous song El Grillo (The Cricket).
LANGLAIS, Jean (1907–1991). Blind organist of the Basilica of Sainte Clotilde in Paris for over  years. Although a prolific composer and noted improviser, he was best known as a teacher who influenced and inspired several generations of young French, American and British organists. Organ music and sacred liturgical music form the bulk of his  opus numbers and of his  masses the Messe solennelle is widely sung in cathedrals.
LASSUS, Orlandus (1532–1594). A Flemish Renaissance composer sometimes called Orlando di Lasso, he was as famous in his day as Josquin and even more of his works survive. These include  masses,  motets and over  songs and madrigals. From  he worked mainly in Germany where he was a popular and influential teacher.
LEIGHTON, Kenneth (1929–1988). A former chorister of Wakefield Cathedral, he studied at the Queen’s College, Oxford and was a pupil of Bernard Rose, Edmund Rubbra and Goffredo Petrassi. He

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