This study examines the tune L'homme arméé and presents evidence from number symbolism embedded in the song that it is a product of the Burgundian court milieu and dates from after 1433. Musical and number symbolism evidence points to Guillaume Du Fay as the composer of Il sera par vous -L'homme arméé, and the relationship between Du Fay and Symon le Breton is examined and elucidated. A date for the chanson of early 1460 is postulated, and a chronology of the earliest masses on L'homme arméé may be suggested: Ockeghem and Du Fay ca. 1461, Caron and Regis (between 1462 and 1467), Busnoys and the Naples masses (after 1467, probably 1468 for Busnoys). The Christological program of the Du Fay mass is examined, as is the relationship between the masses of Du Fay and Ockeghem, and an explanation is proffered for the tradition of a Bb signature in some versions of L'homme arméé.
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