Brandts-Buys, Jan (Willem Frans)

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Brandts-Buys, Jan (Willem Frans)

Brandts-Buys, Jan (Willem Frans) Dutch composer; b. Zutphen, Sept. 12, 1868; d. Salzburg, Dec. 7, 1933. He was a pupil of M. Schwarz and A. Urspruch at the Raff Cons, in Frankfurt am Main. He lived for a time in Vienna, and later settled in Salzburg. His first opera, Das Veilchenfest (Berlin, Dec. 3, 1909), met with opposition; a second opera, Das Glockenspiel (Dresden, Dec. 4, 1913), was received more kindly; while a third, Die drei Schneider von Schônau (Dresden, April 1, 1916), was quite successful. Subsequent operas were Der Erob-erer (Dresden, Jan. 14, 1918), Micarême (Vienna, Nov. 14, 1919), Der Mann im Mond (Dresden, June 18, 1922), Traumland (Dresden, Nov. 24, 1927), and Ulysses (German radio, March 12, 1937). He also wrote a ballet, Machinalitat (Amsterdam, 1928); 2 piano concertos; a Konzertstück for Cello and Orch.; chamber music; piano pieces; songs.

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