Maes, Jef, Belgian composer; b. Antwerp, April 5, 1905. He studied with N. Distelmans (viola), L. Mortel-mans (chamber music), and Karl Candael (harmony, counterpoint, and fugue) at Antwerp’s Royal Flemish Cons, of Music. He was a violisi in several orchs. in Antwerp, and became a teacher of viola (1932) and director (1952) of the Boom Academy of Music. From 1942 to 1970 he was on the faculty of the Royal Flemish Cons. In his compositions, Maes continues the traditions of the Belgian national school.
dramatic: Marise, opera bugga (1946); De antikwaar (The Antique Dealer), television opera (1959; Antwerp TV, March 1963); Tu auras nom...Tristan, ballet (1960; Geneva, June 1963; orch. suite, 1963–64). orch.: 3 rythmen in dansvorm (1931); Légende for Violin and Orch. (1933); Viola Concerto (1937); Concertstück (1938); Ouvertura buffa (1939); Concertstück for Trombone and Orch. (1944); Piano Concerto (1948); Violin Concerto (1951); 3 syms. (1953, 1965, 1975); Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings (1955); Burlesque for Bassoon and Orch. (1957); Kempische Suite for Orch. or Wind Orch. (1960); Concertante ouverture (1961); Arabesque en scherzo for Flute and Orch. (1963); Praeludium, Pantomime, Scherzo, suite (1966); Partita for Strings (1966); Ouverture op een Belcanto Thema van Verdi for Orch. or Wind Orch. (1967); De verloofden (1969); Music pour le podium for Wind Orch. (1971); Dialogue for Violin and Orch. (1972); Intruda (1980). chamber: Sonatina for Flute and Viola (1934); Violin Sonata (1934); Concertstück for Trumpet and Piano (1957); Prelude and Allegro for 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, and Tuba (1959); Fantasia for 2 Pianos (1960); Duo for Violin and Piano (1962); Trio for Violin, Viola, and Percussion (1964); 4 contrastes for 4 Clarinets (1965); Suite for Percussion and Piano (1968); Piano Quartet (1970); Studie for Violin (1978); Saxo-scope for Saxophone Quartet (1979); Adagio en allegretto for Violin and Piano (1985). vocal:Rosa mystica for Soprano and Orch. or Piano (1959); Mei 1871 for Narrator and Orch. (1971); choruses; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire