Vellère [Weiler], Lucie
- Christine Ballman
(b Brussels, Dec 23, 1896; d Brussels, Oct 12, 1966). Belgian composer. She studied the piano from the age of six and then the violin, and was later a composition pupil of Joseph Jongen. A pharmacist by profession, she pursued her musical career outside the official establishment. She received several awards, including first prize in the Comité National de Propagande de la Musique Belge competition (1935), the Brabant prize (1957), and first prize in the National Council of Women of the USA competition (1957) for her unaccompanied choral work Air de Syrinx. She wrote mostly vocal, instrumental and chamber works. Her musical style belongs to no particular school, although the influence of impressionism is evident; the language is often modal with fairly free use of atonal passages.