Devreesc, Frédéric, Belgian conductor and composer, son of Godefroid Devreese; b. Amsterdam, June 2, 1929. He studied first at the Mechelen Cons., and then took courses in composition from Foot and conducting from Defossez at the Brussels Cons. He subsequently studied with Pizzetti at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1952–55). Returning to Belgium, he became associated with the Flemish TV as program director.
DRAMATIC opéra : Willem van Saeftinghe (Brussels TV, Sept. 28, 1964; 1st stage perf., Antwerp, Nov. 21, 1964); De vreemde miter (1966). B a l l e t : Mascarade (1955; Aix-les-Bains, France, 1956); L’Amour de Don Juan (1973). ORCH.: 4 piano concertos (1949; 1952; 1955–56; 1983); Violin Concerto (1951); Sym. (1953); Mouvement lent for Strings (1953); Recitativo et Allegro for Trumpet and Orch. (1959); Mouvement vif for Strings (1963); Evocation, suite (1967); Divertimento for Strings (1970); Prelude (1981); Suite for Brass Band (1985); Gemini, bewegingen (1986); L’Oeuvre au noir, suite (1988). CHAMBER: Complainte for Cello or Oboe, and Piano (1951); Quintet for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Piano, and Percussion (1957); Ensorbeelden, suite for Brass Quintet (1972); Suite No. 2 for Brass Quintet (1981); 5 Divertimenti for 4 Saxophones (1985); piano pieces. VOCAL: Choruses.
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