From Dufay, the profane song l'homme armé would become one of the most beloved cantus firmi. It originated in the second half of the 15th century. The popular melody has been used in more than thirty masses during the Renaissance period, of which the ones in Dufay, Ockeghem and Busnois are the earliest in the series. Jacob Obrecht paid tribute to his teacher Antoine Busnois by copying his composition of this melody as cantus firmus identically in his Missa l'homme armé.
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