Samuel, Léopold

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Samuel, Léopold

Samuel, Léopold , Belgian composer; b. Brussels, May 5, 1883; d. there, March 10, 1975. He studied with Edgar Tinel at the Brussels Cons. and took courses in Berlin, winning the Belgian Prix de Rome with his cantata Tycho-Brahé (1911). He later served as inspector of music education in Belgium (1920–45) and was made a member of the Belgian Royal Academy (1958). His works follow in a late Romantic style, with pronounced impressionistic elements.


DRAMATIC: Opera: Ilka (1919); La Sirène au pays des hommes (1937). ORCH .: Morceaux de concert for Cello and Orch. (1908); Petite suite fantasque (1945). chamber : String Quintet (1909); Piano Trio (1920); 3 string quartets (1941, 1942, 1948); Pièce à 5 for Flute, String Trio, and Harp (1954); Invocation for Cello and Piano (1959). VOCAL : Songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire