Jean Maillard

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Alias: Jean Maillart


Born: c. 1515?

Died: after 1570


Jean Maillard is first attested in the Prologue to book 4 of Rabelais’ Pantagruel (1548) and his birth can only be guessed at from a middle aged portrait printed in 1565. A handful of chansons spirituelles and a dedication with a plea to Catharine de Medici for the return of banished and hidden graces hint at Huguenot sympathies, and his name disappears from new publications after 1571.

He was evidently famous during his time, and many of his motets were used as source material for parody masses by composers as distinguished as Palestrina, Lassus, and Claude Goudimel. 6 of Maillard's masses have survived, and 2 others are known to have been lost. Considerable other music of his has survived in printed editions, including 86 motets, settings of the Magnificat, lamentations, chansons spirituelles, and secular chansons. His Missa pro mortuis was an early Requiem mass, and one of the only examples from France in the 16th century.

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List of choral works

Sacred music

Secular music

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  • Missa ‘Ego sum qui sum’, 4vv, 1553¹
  • Missa ‘Je suis desheritée’, 4vv, 1553¹
  • Missa Virginis Mariae, 5vv (Paris, 1557)
  • Missa ‘M’amie un jour’, 4vv (Paris, 1558, 2/1559)
  • Missa pro mortuis, 4vv,
  • Missa pro vivis, 4vv,


  • Moteta quatuor, quinque, et sex vocum liber primus (Paris, 1555)
  • [37] Modulorum … primum volumen, 4–7vv (Paris, 1565)
  • [25] Modulorum … secundum volumen, 4–6vv (Paris, 1565)
  • Credo, 8vv (Paris, 1557)
  • 2 Magnificat, 2nd and 4th tones, 4vv, 15578
  • Te aeternum patrem (Te Deum), 4vv, 15647

External links

Works by Jean Maillard in the Petrucci Music Library (IMSLP)