Pierre de Manchicourt was born in Béthune in Northern France he spent most of his career in Northern France holding increasingly senior positions at Tours, Tournai, and Arras from where his fame and music spread. That his music was highly esteemed by his contemporaries can be seen from the fact that he was the only composer whose works were published in a volume dedicated to the music of a single composer by the famous Parisian printer Attaingnant, by his favourable mentions by such cultural luminaries as Rabelais (1552) and Guicciardini (1567), and last but not least by his appointment as maestro di capella to King Philip II of Spain. His music is very approachable with pleasing harmonies and an inventive approach to melody. 'Laudate Dominum' (Praise the Lord) is an Easter motet that published by Attaingnant in 1539, de Manchicourt himself must have thought highly of it because he gave it pride of place in that particular edition of his works. It's a bright sunny piece of music whose celebratory mood is emphasised by its pealing Alleluias. It's sung below by the excellent Norwegian choir, Nordic Voices. Enjoy :-).