D’Hooghe, Clement (Vital Ferdinand)

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D’Hooghe, Clement (Vital Ferdinand)

D’Hooghe, Clement (Vital Ferdinand), noted Belgian organist, pedagogue, and composer; b. Temse, April 21, 1899; d. Wilrijk, near Antwerp, April 1, 1951. He studied classics at the Episcopal Coll. of St. Niklaas (1913–17). After training in organ with Paepen, harmony and composition with Wambach, De Boeck, and Mortelmans, and orchestration with Gilson at the Antwerp Cons. (1918–27), he studied organ improvisation with Dupre in Paris. From 1926 until his death, D’Hooghe was organist at St. Paul’s in Antwerp. As a recitalist, he acquired an outstanding reputation as a virtuoso. From 1942 he also was a prof, at the Antwerp Cons.


Preludium for Orch. (1928); Variations on a Swedish Song for Orch. (1936); Piano Concerto (1949); Piano Quartet (1939); String Quartet (1944); Cello Sonata (1945); choral works; songs; children’s pieces.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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