Henry Du Mont

Henry Du Mont Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
  • Died
    8th May 1684
  • Birthplace
    Looz (Borgloon), Belgium

Henri Dumont was a Franco-Belgian composer. Dumont was born to Henry de Thier and Elisabeth Orban in Looz (Borgloon). The family moved in 1613 to Maastricht, where Henri and his brother Lambert were choirboys at the church of Notre-Dame (i.e., the Basilica of Our Lady). In 1630 he was named organist and given a leave of two months to complete his education. In the principality of Liège (where he spent much of his time) he studied with Léonard de Hodémont (1575–1639), absorbing trends from Italy. On 1 December 1632, he resigned in favor of his brother. In 1639 he went to Paris to become organist at the important parish church of Saint-Paul. From this time he used the name Dumont or Du Mont in place of De Thier. From 1652 he was harpsichordist at the court of the Duke of Anjou (Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, a brother of Louis XIV), and in 1660 he obtained that post to the young queen Marie-Thérése. In 1663 he became "maitre" of the Chapelle Royale in Versailles, in 1672 he became "Sous-maître de la musique du Roy" (with Pierre Robert) and in 1673 became Master of the Queen's Music. Dumont was married (1653) to Mechthild Loyens, daughter of the mayor of Maastricht. As a widower he acquired the substantial benefice of the abbey of Silly near Lisieux inNormandy. In 1683 he resigned the last of his posts and died a year later in Paris.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Media vita in morte Sumus Motet Voice(s) and Orchestra
Meslanges Motet Voice(s) and Instruments
Motets de Mr. Dumont a 4 parties Motet Voice(s) and Instruments
Motets pour la chapelle du Roy Motet Voice(s) and Orchestra
Pavana à 3 violes Pavane Chamber group
8 Harpsichord Pieces from the Bauyn Manuscript Piano piece Piano
Allemanda Gravis à 4 violes Quartet Chamber group
Cantica Sacra Sacred Mass Chamber group
Cinq messes en plain-chant Sacred Mass Solo voice(s)
Allemanda à 3 violes Trio Chamber group