Regis, Johannes [Leroy, Jehan]
- Sean Gallagher
(bc1425; d ? Soignies, c1496). Franco-Flemish composer. The commonness of his name has led to considerable confusion over Regis’ biography. He is almost certainly the Jehan Leroy first recorded in 1451 serving as master of the choristers at the collegiate church of St Vincent, Soignies (18 km north of Mons, diocese of Cambrai). References to Regis that appear to place him in Mons, Ghent and ’s-Hertogenbosch have all been shown to involve other men, while the assertion that he was choirmaster at Antwerp in 1463 derives from the misreading of a document from Cambrai. Archival records concerning yet another man named Johannes Regis, who served as chevecier at the church of St Martin, Tours, reveal intriguing connections with singers and officials of the French royal chapel, including the composer Johannes Ockeghem. It is unlikely this Regis was a composer, however, since in none of the many references to him is there any indication that he was a musician, or that he was involved in musical activities of any kind....