Decadt, Jan , Belgian composer; b. Ypres, June 21, 1914. He studied with Joseph Ryelandt at the Ghent Cons., and later with Jean Absil in Brussels. He was director of the music school in Harelbeke from 1945, and in 1957 was appointed prof, of fugue at the Antwerp Cons. From 1971 he taught composition at the Ghent Cons. His musical style is marked by strong polyphonic structures with impressionistic coloration.
Variations on,”Sir Halewijn” for Orch. (1943); Ballada op een boom (Ballade on a Tree) for Soprano, Flute, Oboe, and String Trio (1945); Habanera for Orch. (1947); Piano Concerto (1953); Sym. No. 1 (1958); Constant Permeke, cantata (1963); Monographie musicale d’un grand peintre for Orch. (Johannesburg,
Nov. 17, 1964); Concerto Overture for Flute, Oboe, and String Orch. (1964); Suite for Trumpet and Chamber Orch. (1967); Petite planete for Narrator, Soprano, Flute, Viola, and Cello (1967); Concertante Fantasia for Oboe and Piano (1970); Introduction and Capriccio for Clarinet and Piano (1972); Saxophone Concerto (1973); Quartet for Saxophones (1974); Wens- album for Flute and Clarinet (1976); Kleine fanfare for Brass Band (1981); Naar Wiegeland for Voice and Piano (1986).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire