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Hugo de Lantins


Hugo de Lantins was a Franco-Flemish composer in Italy during the late Medieval and onset of the Italian Renaissance period.  He sang in the papal chapel, composed both sacred and secular music.  He was known for his ceremonial compositions containing dedications and tributes.  And he is best known for his use of Imitation a prevailing theme in his music.
Nothing is known of his early years including his date of birth.  But he was among the musicians of the House of Malatesta household in 1423.  His name first appeared in the historical musicological literature as that of a singer in the papal chapel choir of Eugene IV  singing alongside of members Guillaume Dufays and Arnold de Lantins.  He was friends with Guillaume Dufay, both composers wrote music for some of the same events and stayed together in Province of Rimini.  Guillaume Dufay even mentioned him in his chanson compositions he wrote called, He, compaignons
It is not known whether or not if he was related to composer Hugo de Lantins.  Both Arnold and Hugo de Lantins are believed to have been singers in a papal chapel.  The compositions of Hugo de Lantins appear in the same Venetian collections manuscripts as those of Arnold de Lantins.  Three historical manuscripts cite their music and are preserved from 1420s to around 1440 in Bologna.  There was also minor mention of them in the manuscript BG-Ob 213.  This manuscript cites the Lantins were in Venice in 1428 and in Rome by 1431 singing with Guillaume Dufay in a Papal chapel.  The final mention of them was they were dead.  During this time Rome was entering a period of turmoil related to the Conciliar  movement after the death in 1431 of Pope Martin V.  After that Hugo de Lantins name disappears from history. 
Hugo de Lantins wrote several ceremonial compositions containing dedications and tributes.  One was the praising of the Venetian Doge Francesco Foscari in his motet Christus vincit.  And another ceremonial compositions was the ballata Tra quante regione in which he praised Sparta.  He wrote music for the wedding of Cleofe Malatesta and Theodore Palaiologos, the Prince of Sparta in 1421 honoring the Eastern Roman Empire and the bride of the Prince of Sparta.  His compositions are distinguishable from the works of his contemporaries because virtually all of his compositions use the technique of  imitation
Hugo de Lantins