Cornet, Peeter [Pierre, Pietro, Peter, Pieter]
- Mary Armstrong Ferrard
[Pierre, Pietro, Peter, Pieter]
(b ?Brussels, 1570–80; d Brussels, March 27, 1633). Flemish composer and organist. He is the only known composer in a 16th- and 17th-century musical family in Brussels, which included a violinist, singers and organists; other Pierre Cornets are mentioned in archives; one was a singer at the court in Madrid (1571–99) and later in Brussels. Cornet was organist at St Nicolas, Brussels, from 1603 to 1606. He presumably became organist at the Brussels court of Archduke Albrecht and his consort Isabella at this time. In March 1611 he was made a canon at Soignies, but in April he married and relinquished his canonry. In the extant court account books (1612–18) he is listed among the chapel musicians; the other organists included Peter Philips and John Bull; Géry Ghersem and Matthijs Langhedul were also colleagues. In 1615 Cornet advised the church of St Rombouts, Mechelen, concerning its organ; in ...