Leduc, Jacques, Belgian composer and teacher; b. Jette, near Brussels, March 1, 1932. He studied music at the Royal Cons, in Brussels and privately with Jean Absil. He was director of the Uccle Academy of Music (1962–83). He was made a prof, of harmony (1968), of counterpoint (1972), and of fugue (1979) at the Royal Cons, in Brussels; was also director of the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (from 1976). He was made a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters, and Fine Arts of Belgium in 1983.
dramatic:NOUS attendons Sémiramis, lyric comedy (Belgian TV, Feb. 6, 1973). orch.:Antigone, symphonic poem (1960); Concertino for Oboe and Strings (1962); Divertissement for Flute and Strings (1962); Fantaisie sur le thème de “La Folia” for Clarinet and Chamber Orch. or Piano (1964); 4 Études for Chamber Orch. (1966); Le Printemps, symphonie sketch (1967); Ouverture d’été (1968); Sym. (1969); Piano Concerto (1970); 5 croquis (1971); Dialogue for Clarinet and Chamber Orch. or Piano (1972); Instantanés, 5 pieces for String Ensemble (1972); Suite de danses (1976); 3 Esquisses concertantes (1978). chamber: Wind Quintet (1960); 3 petites pièces en quatuor for 4 Flutes or Clarinets (1963); String Trio (1963); Suite en quatuor for 4 Saxophones (1964); Flute Sonata (1966); Violin Sonata (1967); Capriccio for Wind Quartet (1969); Serenade for Wind Quintet (1977); Rhapsodie for Saxophone and Piano (1978); Trois pièces for 5 Brass Instruments (1980); Pièces en trio for 2 Violins and Piano (1984); Lamento for Viola (1986). keyboard: piano: 4 pièces brèves (1965); Prelude, Variations, and Fugato (1965); Contrastes (1967); Apostrophes (1971); Pochades (1977); 4 Miniatures (1981); Scherzetto (1986). organ: Various pieces. vocal:L’Aventure, cantata (1961); Sortilèges africains, sequence for Voice, Saxophone, Percussion, and Piano (1966); choruses; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire