lément Janequin (c.1480 - 1558) was a priest, though an unsuccessful one. He is much better known as a composer, primarily of secular works. He apparently never held a post as a musician; although he was appointed to the court in Paris towards the end of his life, it seems that he spent little or no time in the position.
Janequin specialised in the chanson and is regarded as one of the formative composers of the genre. His works are especially noteworthy for the inclusion of sounds rather than words, e.g. bird sounds formed using nonsense words.
Summa Musica performed three of his Onomatopoeic Chanson: Le Chant des Oyseaulx (The Chant of the Birds), La Chasse (The Chase) and La Bataille (The Battle), as well as Le Pouvre Coueur (The Suffering Heart) which is a simple lovesong. Le Chant des Oyseaulx contains a mixture of text and birdsong in a rondeau form, with different birds being identified with different characters (usually unsavoury) at court. La Chasse describes a deer hunt with dogs and horses, ending with the triumphant calls of the hunting horns when the prey is cornered. La Battaille tells the story of a battle between the French and the English in the early 16th century; it contains the sounds of cannon, muskets, swords and trumpets, finally ended with the English vanquished and fleeing.