Wijdeveld, Wolfgang

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Wijdeveld, Wolfgang

Wijdeveld, Wolfgang, Dutch composer, pianist, music educator, and music critic; b. The Hague, May 9, 1910; d. Laren, Dec. 12, 1985. He was the son of the noted Dutch architect Hendricus Wijdeveld. He studied piano with Willem Andriessen, theory with Sem Dresden, and violin with Kint at the Amsterdam Cons.; also took private lessons in composition with Pijper. After serving as director of the Zwolle Cons. (1940-46), he taught piano at the Utrecht Cons. (1946-76). From 1956 to 1968 he also was music critic of the Amsterdam newspaper Het Vrije Volk. He made tours as a pianist at home and abroad.


orch: Concertstuk (1952); Intro in Hollandse trant (1981). CHAMBER: Piano Trio (1933); Wind Quintet (1934); Litanie for Cello and Piano (1945; rev. 1978); Violin Sonata (1948); Flute Sonatina (1948); Sarabande du roi for Oboe and Piano (1950; also for Piano); Sonatine Simple for Violin and Piano (1952); Little Suite for Violin and Piano (1953); Sonata for 2 Violins and Piano (1954); Introduction and Caprice for Violin and Piano (1954); Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Bassoon (1958); Snarenspel for Guitar and Piano (1958); Concerto for Guitar and String Trio (1960); Sonatina for Solo Accordion (1963); Notebook V for Harpsichord (1968); Trio for Flute, English Horn, and Bassoon (1978). KEYBOARD: Piano: Kermesse for 2 Pianos (1935); 3 sonatas (1940; 1956; For Americans, 1963); Escapades (1945); 2 sonatinas (1946,1953); Sarabande du roi (1950; rev. 1979; also for Oboe and Piano); Notebooks I-IV (1968-69); Gregorius in Eden for Piano, 4-Hands (1977). Organ: Introduction and Gigue (1949); 12 pezzi diversi for Organ, 4-Hands (1977). VOCAL: Psalm 150 for Chorus and Orch. (1950); Matrooslied for Chorus and Small Orch. (1966); songs.

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