Divitis, Antonius [Rycke, Anthonius; Le Riche, Anthoine]
- Martin Picker
[Rycke, Anthonius; Le Riche, Anthoine]
(b Leuven, c1470; dc1530). South Netherlandish composer. His name was ‘Rycke’ or ‘de Rycke’, but in documents it is often gallicized as ‘Le Riche’ or latinized as ‘Divitis’ (‘of the rich’); his music is inscribed with the latter, presumably the name by which he preferred to be known. In June 1501 ‘Anthonius Rycke, native of Leuven and cleric of the diocese of Liège’ was engaged at the church of St Donatian in Bruges to instruct the choirboys in singing. Later that month he was installed in the residence of the late choirmaster and in July was confirmed by the chapter as succentor. In December he was ordained a priest, celebrating his first Mass in April 1502. In April 1504 he was appointed ‘master of song or succentor and master of the choirboys’ at St Rombout's in Mechelen. There Divitis was pursued by creditors and in the summer of ...