Waelrant, Hubert



Distinguished Flemish teacher and composer; born at Tongerloo, North Brabant, about 1518. Of his early life little is known. There is record of him at Antwerp as choir-singer in the chapel of the Virgin at Notre Dame in 1544; three years later he had a school of music in Antwerp, here introduced a new method of solmization, known as bocedization or Voces Belgicae. At this time or shortly afterward he is thought to have entered into partnership with De Laet as a publisher of music. He was renowned both as teacher and composer, highly regarded as a writer of madrigals, chansons and motets.