Burbure de Wesembeek, Léon-Philippe-Marie

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Burbure de Wesembeek, Léon-Philippe-Marie

Burbure de Wesembeek, Léon-Philippe-Marie, Belgian music scholar; b. Dendermonde, Aug. 16, 1812; d. Antwerp, Dec. 8, 1889. A scion of an aristocratic family, he studied law at the Univ. of Ghent; he also received an excellent musical education at home with private teachers. In 1846 he settled at Antwerp, and became the keeper of Archives at the Cathedral. He made a profound study of materials on early music accessible to him, and publ, a number of valuable monographs dealing with the Renaissance music guilds of Antwerp, on lute makers, etc. He also composed some 200 works, including an opera, 25 orch. pieces, numerous choral works, etc.


Aperçu sur l’ancienne corporation des musiciens instrumentistes d’Anvers, dite de St. Job et de Ste. Marie– Madeleine (Brussels, 1862); Recherches sur les facteurs de clavecins et luthiers d’Anvers, depuis le XVIe jusqu’au XIXe siècle (Brussels, 1869); Notice sur Charles–Louis Hanssens (Brussels, 1872); Charles Luy–thon (1550–1620), compositeur de musique de la Cour impériale (Brussels, 1880); Les OEuvres des anciens musiciens belges (Brus–sels, 1882).


F.A. Gevaert, Notice sur le Chevalier Léon de Burbure (Brussels, 1893).

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