- Anne-Marie Riessauw
- and Jean Hargot
(b Huysse, nr Oudenaarde, July 31, 1828; d Brussels, Dec 24, 1908). Belgian musicologist, teacher and composer. He first studied music with the organist J.-B. Christiaens, a relative, and gave early evidence of an exceptional gift. At the age of 13 he entered the Ghent Conservatory to study the piano with De Somere and harmony with Mengal. Two years later he became a piano teacher himself; subsequently he was the organist at the Jesuit college in Ghent. In 1847 his Flemish cantata België won first prize in a competition organized by the Société des Beaux-Arts de Gand, and in the same year his cantata Le roi Lear won him the Belgian Prix de Rome. Because of his age he was permitted to postpone his foreign tour for two years, during which time he composed the operas Hugues de Zomerghem and La comédie à la ville. They were both published by the Gevaert family, who ran a music printing shop first in Huysse and later in Ghent. From ...