Jacques Arcadelt was born in 1504 or 1505 in Liège, Belgium. He died in 1568 in Paris, France. He pricipally wrote madrigals and chansons. Little is known of his early life; by 1539 he had moved to Rome and moved to France in 1553 where he spent the remainder of his life. All his extant chansons come from this period. In 1557 he published a book of masses.