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Some (like The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1986)) give Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, as Obrecht’s place of birth, and 22 November (Saint Cecilia’s day) 1450 as his birthday. More recent research indicates that he was born in Ghent, Belgium, as the son of a city musician. He has worked as a singing master in Bergen op Zoom, and in places like Antwerp, Cambrai, Bruges and Ferrara. Obrecht died suffering from the plague in July or possibly August 1505.