Messaus [Messaulx, Missau etc.], Guilielmus (van)
- Godelieve Spiessens
(b Antwerp, bap. July 2, 1589; d Antwerp, March 8, 1640). Flemish composer. He spent his life in Antwerp. In 1609–10 he was sacristan of St Joris and in 1613 became schoolmaster and sacristan at St Willibrordus. From 1614 to 1618 he taught at St Walburgis and St Andries, but was dismissed for bad behaviour. Before 1620, however, he became a singer and choirmaster at St Walburgis, a post he held until his death. In 1620 he was suspended for a time after refusing to perform a plainchant mass instead of a polyphonic ‘missa de angelis’ for a dead child. He wrote at least 14 masses, including the unpublished Missa Victorius Fernandus, which was found in his estate and was also in the library of King João IV of Portugal. In addition, 57 motets (including four canons) and Flemish and Latin carols, and three secular Flemish madrigals by him are known. It is possible that a number of partbooks listed under his name in inventories of St Jacobs, Antwerp (...