Felderhof, Jan (Reindert Adriaan)

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Felderhof, Jan (Reindert Adriaan)

Felderhof, Jan (Reindert Adriaan) , Dutch composer and pedagogue; b. Bussurn, near Amsterdam, Sept. 25, 1907. He studied violin with Felice Togni and Hendrik Rynbergen (diploma, 1931) and theory and composition with Sem Dresden (diploma, 1933) at the Amsterdam Cons., and he later studied with Chris Bos at the Utrecht Cons, (diploma, 1958). He taught at the Amsterdam Cons. (1934–54; 1958–68), where he was adjunct director (1968–73). He also taught at the Bussum music school (1944–54), served as director of the Rotterdam Cons. (1954–55), and taught at the Utrecht Cons. (1956–67). In 1970 he was made a Knight of the Order of Oranje Nassau by the Dutch government. His works have an agreeable veneer of simple musicality, and all are excellently written.


DRAMATIC Opera : Vliegvuur (Wildfire; 1959–64; Dutch Radio, Nov. 10, 1965). ORCH.: Music for 15 Winds and Percussion (1930); 5 Dance Sketches (1930); 2 sinfoniettas (1932, 1962); Suite for Flute and Small Orch. (1933); Rhapsodic for Oboe and Small Orch. (1937); Sym. (1949); Ouverture (1955); Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion (1955); Omaggio (1974); Complimento for Strings (1975); Introduction and Rondo (1980); Chanterelle (1985); Nostalgic Suite (1989). CHAMBERS violin sonatas (1932, 1939, 1965); 5 string quartets (1932, 1936, 1938, 1957, 1990); Suite for Flute and Piano (1933);String Trio (1934); Cello Sonata (1935); Piano Trio (1936); Divertimento for Brass Quartet (1950); Violin Sonatina (1953); Rondo for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1960); Trio for 3 Different Clarinets (1968); Suite for Flute, Oboe, and Piano (1974); Sonata for 2 Violins and Piano (1977); Andante for Flute, Oboe, and Harp (1983); Sonatine for Flute, Oboe, and Harp (1988); Improvisatie for Viola and Piano (1991); Impuls for 4 Saxophones (1992); Ringraziamento for Alto Saxophone (1995; also for Viola); piano pieces, including 5 sonatinas (1933–62); organ music. VOCAL: Tot wien zullen wij henengaan (To Whom Shall We Make Our Way), cantata (1935; rev. 1941); Groen is de gong for Chorus and Orch. (1977); Composite for Women’s Chorus, Flute, and Harp (1984); songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire