Goovaerts, Alphonse (Jean Marie André)
- Anne-Marie Riessauw
(Jean Marie André)
(b Antwerp, May 25, 1847; d Brussels, Dec 25, 1922). Belgian musicologist and composer. His grandfather was a poet and his father, an enthusiastic amateur musician, gave him his first musical instruction. After studying humanities at the Jesuits’ College in Antwerp, he was forced to take a post in a business concern to help his family out of financial difficulties. On the advice of Peter Benoit and Léon de Burbure, he devoted all his spare time to music and became secretary to the jury of the Flemish school of music in Antwerp. In 1866 he was appointed librarian of the Antwerp Town Library and archivist at the Royal Archives in Brussels. He subsequently took a post in the archives of the province of Brabant and later of Antwerp, where he was also inspector. He was appointed general keeper of the Royal Archives in 1898, a post he held until he was pensioned in ...