Berchem, Jacquet de
- George Nugent
(b Berchem-lez-Anvers, c1505; d Monopoli, before March 2, 1567). South Netherlandish composer, active in Italy. Prominent in the early development of the 16th-century madrigal, he is often confused with his like-named contemporaries Jacquet of Mantua, Jacques Buus and Jacques Brunel. Nothing is known of his early years. By the 1530s he was in Venice, probably as a protégé of Willaert. Most of his music was published there from 1538 on, some of it in tribute to local nobility; the motet Unica lux Venetum salutes Marcantonio Trevisan, statesman and noted music patron later elected doge, and Jacquet dedicated his first book of madrigals (1546) to Giovanni Bragadin, one of the great heroes of the Republic. He became an important figure in a regional circle (Willaert, Nasco, Parabosco, Ruffo and Camaterò) drawn to the new secular form, the madrigal. Frequent printings of his music extended his reputation rapidly. Antonfrancesco Doni praised him in the ...