Bourguignon, Francis de

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Bourguignon, Francis de

Bourguignon, Francis de, Belgian composer; b. Brussels, May 29, 1890; d. there, April 11, 1961. He was a student of Dubois and Tinel (composition) and de Greef (piano) at the Brussels Cons. After touring extensively as a pianist, he pursued composition studies with Gilson in Brussels (1925). With 7 other students of Gilson, he formed the Groupe des Synthétistes to promote contemporary music. From 1939 to 1955 he taught at the Brussels Cons.


DRAMATIC: La Mort d’Orphé, ballet (1928); Congo, radio play (1936); Le Mauvais Pari, chamber opera (1937). orch.: Piano Concertino (1927); 2 esquisses sud- américaines (1928); Fête populaire (1929); Le Jazz vainqueur, symphonie poem (1929); Prélude and Dance (1929); Éloge de la folie (1934); Sym. (1934); Oiseaux de nuit (1937); Puzzle, suite (1938); Fantasy on 2 Themes of Eugène Ysaye for Piano and Orch. (1938); Sinfonietta (1939); Berceuse (1940); Suite for Viola and Orch. (1940); Juventus, suite (1941); Recuerdos: 2 impressions sud-américaines (1943); Concerto Grosso (1944); Violin Concerto (1947); Piano Concerto (1949); Récitatif et Ronde for Trumpet and Orch. (1951); Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orch. (1952); Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orch. (1953); Ouverture martiale (1960). chamber: String Trio; Piano Trio; 2 string quartets; Oboe Quintet; piano suites. vocal:La Nuit, oratorio (1945); choral pieces; songs.


A. Vandernoot, E d.B.(Brussels, 1949).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire