John Benet

Born: fl. 1430

Died: 1458

Birthplace: England

John Benet was an English composer whose music was known on the Continent, and is found in the Trent Codices. Master of Choristers of St. Anthony's Hospital (London). In 1448-49, a member of the Confraternity of St. Nicholas (London). His motets illustrate the use of total isorhythm, and his Mass movements, which contrast a declamatory style in settings of the Gloria with a more melismatic one in Sanctus and Agnus settings, mark an important stage in the development of the cyclic Mass (the complete Ordinary).

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