Boeck, August de

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Boeck, August de

Boeck, August de, Belgian composer; b. Merchtem, May 9, 1865; d. there, Oct. 9, 1937. He studied organ at the Brussels Cons., and subsequently was church organist in Brussels; later taught harmony at the Royal Flemish Cons, at Antwerp and at the Brussels Cons. In 1930 he returned to his native town. He wrote operas and incidental music for stage plays, Rapsodie Dahomeenne for Orch., on exotic African themes (1893), an orch. fantasy on Flemish folk songs (1923), and many songs to French and Flemish texts. Much of his orch. music is infused with impressionistic colors.


E Rasse, A. D.B. (Brussels, 1943).

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