La Hèle, George de

views updated

La Hèle, George de

La Hèle, George de, Netherlandish composer; b. Antwerp, 1547; d. Madrid, Aug. 27, 1586. After early training as a chorister, he was sent to Madrid to join the royal chapel of Philip II in 1560, remaining in Spain for 10 years. In 1571 he entered the Univ. of Louvain. In 1572 he became choirmaster at the church of Saint-Rombaud in Malines, remaining there until 1574, when he accepted a similar post at the Tournai Cathedral. He returned to Madrid in 1582 to take charge of music in the royal chapel. In 1576 he won prizes in the competition at Évreux for his motet Nonne Deo subjecta and his chanson Mais voyez mon cher esmoy. His 8 masses (Antwerp, 1578), dedicated to Philip II, are all parody masses and are modeled on works by Josquin, Lassus, Rore, and Crecquillon; he also wrote other sacred works. L. Wagner ed. Collected Works of George de la Hèle, Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae, LVI (1972).


G. van Doorslaer, G. d.l.H., Maître de chapelle- compositeur (Antwerp, 1924).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire