Franco-Flemish composer, perhaps the only Dutchman among the important contemporaries of Josquin Desprez. He was choirmaster at Cambrai Cathedral 1484-5 and succentor at the church of S. Donatien, Bruges, 1485-91 and 1498-1500, working at Notre Dame, Antwerp, 1492-6 and 1501-4, and at his birthplace in 1496-8. In 1487 he was famous enough to be invited to visit Ferrara by Duke Ercole I d'Este, who attempted to persuade him to stay. He returned to Bruges; only in 1504 did he go back to Ferrara, where the following year he fell victim to the plague.
His output consist of some twenty-six Masses, thirty-two motets, and some thirty secular pieces, not all texted. His music is characterized by capricious fantasy and enchanting variety.