The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
We don't know very much about the Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer Jean Richafort. He was probably born in Hainaut in about 1480, into a French-speaking family, and may have studied with Josquin des Prez. Near the beginning of his career he was choirmaster at St Rombold Cathedral in Mechelen, and he was probably associated with the French royal chapel since he wrote official music for King Louis XII (Louis of Orléans).
Richafort lived into his sixties, his last known appointment being as choirmaster at St Gilles in Bruges. He died in approximately 1547.