Waelput, Hendrik, Belgian conductor and composer; b. Ghent, Oct. 26, 1845; d. there, July 8, 1885. He studied at the Brussels Cons., winning the Prix de Rome for his cantata Het woud (The Forest; 1867). He was asst. director of the Bruges music school (1869-71); and conducted theater orchs. at The Hague, Dijon, Douai, Fecamp, and Lille (1872-76). From 1876 to 1879 he was conductor of the Ghent Theater; in 1879, he was appointed prof, of harmony at the Antwerp Cons. He became director of the Ghent Opera in 1884. He wrote three operas, La Ferme du diable (Ghent, 1865), Berken de diamantslijper (1868), and Stella (Brussels, March 14, 1881), as well as 5 syms., 4 overtures, Flute Concerto, several cantatas, including Her woud (1867), Memlingcan-tate (1871), and De pacificatier van Gent (1876), partsongs, solo songs, chamber music, and piano pieces.
E. Callaert, Levensschets van H. W.(Ghent, 1886); E. De Vynck, HenryW. (diss., Univ. of Brussels, 1935).
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