Stehman, Jacques, Belgian composer and music critic; b. Brussels, July 8, 1912; d. Heist-aan-Zee, May 20, 1975. He studied piano with Del Pueyo, composition with Jean Absil, and orchestration with Paul Gilson at the Brussels Cons., then was active as music critic for Le soir. He was made a prof. of practical harmony (1954) and of music history (1968) at the Brussels Cons., and also taught at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth. His music is cautiously modernistic, with engaging touches of obsolescent jazz.
ORCH.: Symphonie de poche (1950); Musique de mai for Strings (1961); Dialogues for Harp and Small Orch. (1964); Escapades for Piano and String Orch. (1968); Piano Concerto (1965–72). CHAMBER : Lamento for Cello and Piano (1947). Piano: Burlesques en 6 formes (1934); Colloque for 2 Pianos (1943); 3 rythmes for 2 Pianos (1955); Montmartre for 2 Pianos (1975). VOCAL: Melos for Mezzo-soprano, Flute, and Strings (1968); songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire