Pierre De La Rue's Major Accomplishments

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Since the very beginning the constructs of music have been around, transcending time and culture. Though it has seen many different styles and has undergone many changes, music is far from obsolete. Mind you, music would cease to exist if not for its diligent composers. One such composer being Pierre De La Rue, who excelled in writing Flemish music, which was the style of music that resided over the Renaissance era. He is also considered to be one of the most influential composers of his time as well as in his preferred genre of music. His contributions to the music world are clearly shown in the works he left behind, one such work being titled
Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes, which exemplifies all that he brought to the music world. He has proven that with out a doubt he is one of the greatest musical minds of his time.

The early life of Pierre De La Rue is one filled with uncertainty, as not much information can be found
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His usage of accidentals was unique, as he was the first person of his time to avidly use them (Pierre De La Rue - A discography, 1).

Pierre De La Rue’s Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes does an excellent job of portraying to its listeners the meaning and feelings of praise and worship to God, as well as God’s love and faithfulness towards his people. As shown not only in its name, meaning: Praise the Lord, All Nation, but also in its lyrics. The first half being taken from Psalm 117 and the second half of the lyrics being common doxology, that is used fairly frequently in other bible based texts. The translated lyrics read as follows:

Praise the Lord, all nations!
 Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
 and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the

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