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Van der Velden, Renier

Van der Velden, Renier

Van der Velden, Renier, Belgian composer; b. Antwerp, Jan. 14, 1910; d. there, Jan. 19, 1993. He received training from Jan Broeckx, Karel Candael, and Joseph Jongen in Brussels. In 1945 he was became program director of the French services of the Belgian Radio in Antwerp. In 1970 he was made a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Arts, Letters, and Sciences.

Works

dramatic: B a l l e t: Indruk aan Zee (1930); Provinciestad 1900 (1937); L’Enlèvement de Proserpine (1947); De zakdoekjes (1947); Les Amours de torero (1948); Dulle Griet (1949; rev. 1967); Les Ancêtres (1949); Arlequinade (1950); Judith (1951); De Triomf van de dood (1963); Oostendse maskers (1965); Ballet Music (1972). ORCH.: Impression maritimefor Small Orch. (1930); Divertimentofor Strings (1938); Hommage à Ravel (1938); Trumpet Concerto (1940); Oboe Concerto (1941); 2 sinfoniettas (1942,1969); 2 suites (1945,1955); 4 concertinos: No. 1 for Clarinet, Bassoon, Piano, and Strings (1949), No. 2 for Viola and Chamber Orch. (1964), No. 3 for Flute and Strings (1965), and No. 4 for Piano and Strings (1971); Beweging (Movement; 1968); Hulde aan Janáoekfor Flute, Oboe, and Strings (1973); Landschappenfor Chamber Orch. (1976); Nocturne voor beeldhouwer Mark Mackenfor Strings (1979). CHAMBER: 2 concertos for Wind Quintet (1939,1955); Adagio and Finalefor String Trio (1940); Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1943); Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano (1948); Divertimentofor Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1957); Concertino for Brass Quintet and 2 Pianos (1965); Fantaisiefor 4 Clarinets (1967); 2 Dialoguesfor Clarinet and Piano (1971); Nocturnefor Flute, Guitar, and Cello (1980). P i a n o : 2 suites (1937,1944); Beweging (Movement) for 2 Pianos (1965). VOCAL: Songs, including 8 poèmes de Karel van de Woestijnefor High Voice and Piano (1946; orchestrated 1951).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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