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André, Charles-Louis-Joseph

Aat, 23/02/1765 > Mechelen, 08/04/1839


André, Charles-Louis Joseph

by Annelies Focquaert

Charles-Louis Joseph André was canon and organist at Mechelen Cathedral. After having been ordained in 1790 and appointed as canon in 1795 he was sentenced to exile on the French island Oléron in 1797, which prompted him to take refuge abroad. In 1803 he was appointed as honorary canon and military chaplain in Mechelen. The archbishop of Mechelen is said to have sent him to Paris to round out his organ playing. He wrote Fondamenten van den basse continu (Basics of Basso Continuo), to which his student Tuerlinckx added examples (Basse fondamentale, accords, cadences, et modulations, règles de l'octave et plain chant).

André had the reputation of being a very good harpsichordist and organist, but Gregoir mentions that his works in general were pretty trivial. In 1832 the Belgian government awarded him a once-only grant of 200 guilders, 'for services done by him in his duties'. In 1833 he was appointed as expert to test the new Loret organ in Muizen (Mechelen). 

Two of his works have been published: Trois pots-pourris pour piano, clavecin ou harpe, etc., opus 4 ( without date) and Le siège du bombardement de Valenciennes, pour piano ou harpe, avec accompagnement de violon obligé, dédié au comte de Metternich (Brussels, without date). Gregoir remarks (in 1862) that the Mechelen cathedral archives preserve several religious works of his: O salutaris hostia, O quam suavis, Ave verum; Lauda Sion, Laetatus sum, Sub tuum, Regina Caeli, Salve regina, Ave regina, Alma redemptoris, Magnificat as well as two Masses.

© Studiecentrum voor Vlaamse Muziek vzw - Annelies Focquaert (translation: Jo Sneppe)