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GERARD BOEDIJN

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Period

1893 - 1972

Genre

classical

Biography Gerard Boedijn

Gerard Boedijn was born on November 19, 1893 in Hoorn, where he died on September 23, 1972. Education His first musical studies began with violin, percussion, wind instruments and piano at the municipal school of music. He continued his studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music: violin with Heinrich Fiedler and Felice ...
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Biography Gerard Boedijn

1893 - 1972

Gerard Boedijn was born on November 19, 1893 in Hoorn, where he died on September 23, 1972.


Education

His first musical studies began with violin, percussion, wind instruments and piano at the municipal school of music. He continued his studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music: violin with Heinrich Fiedler and Felice Togni, composition with Cor Kint, Bernard Zweers, Fred Roeske, and ensemble playing with Julius Röntgen. During his stay in Maastricht he studied composition with Charles Smulders.


Activities

From 1914 to 1917 Boedijn taught violin and music theory at the School of Music in Maastricht. He then settled in Hoorn as a teacher, composer and conductor of choirs and orchestras, apart from the years 1927 to 1932 when he was director at the Veendam School of Music. In 1940 he was appointed as member of the jury of the Royal Dutch Federation of Wind and Brass Bands, and examiner of the Union of Orchestral Conductors. He made a good reputation with the Nederlands Koperorkest (Dutch Brass Orchestra).


Compositions

Since 1938 Boedijn composed numerous works for wind and brass band. These compositions brought about a modernization of the repertoire of amateur bands in The Netherlands and abroad. In the beginning his compositions were opposed by both musicians and listeners. The symphonic poem Halewijn (1940) is considered the peak of his oeuvre. His oeuvre further comprises choral works, carillon music, a wind quintet, trios, two brass quintets, a saxophone quartet and a suite for organ. Many compositions were commissioned by the Dutch government, local authorities, broadcasting societies and other institutions.


Prizes

Gerard Boedijn won several prizes in composition contests. In 1958 he was awarded the Visser Neerlandia Prize for Introduzione rhapsodique opus 156, for carillon and wind band. In 1959 he was knighted with the Royal Order of Oranje Nassau. At his 75th birthday in 1968, the Royal Dutch Federation of Wind and Brass Bands, as well as the Dutch Conductors' Organization, granted him an honorary membership based on his merits in Dutch musical life.

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