The most frequently named 20th-century composer in works surveying Dutch music history, according to research conducted by Gert Floor, an archivist at The Netherlands Music Institute in The Hague, is surprisingly enough Guillaume Landré, though today he is relatively unknown. Landré not only composed operas, orchestral pieces, solo concertos and ...
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Biography Guillaume Landré
The most frequently named 20th-century composer in works surveying Dutch music history, according to research conducted by Gert Floor, an archivist at The Netherlands Music Institute in The Hague, is surprisingly enough Guillaume Landré, though today he is relatively unknown. Landré not only composed operas, orchestral pieces, solo concertos and chamber music, but also held a number of administrative positions in music and was an important figure in national and international copyright organisations. His compositional style was largely influenced by Willem Pijper. In many of his later works, he used twelve-tone rows without strictly applying dodecaphonic technique.
1905 - 1922
Guillaume Landré is born in The Hague on February 24. He has his first music lessons from his father, the composer and music critic Willem Landré and Henri Zagwijn. Through the conductor Evert Cornelis, the young Landré becomes acquainted with the important trends in the new music of the time.
1923 - 1928
Landré studies law at Utrecht University and also takes composition lessons from Willem Pijper.
1929 - 1930
Landré becomes a music critic for De Telegraaf daily newspaper. He begins teaching trade law and economy at the Tweede Openbare Handelsschool in Amsterdam.
Landré's comic opera 'De Snoek' [The Pike] is a great success with audiences.
1941 - 1942
Landré stops writing for De Telegraaf. Inspired by the war, he composes the large-scale work for choir and orchestra, 'Piae memoriae pro patria mortuorum' (1942), in which he combines the 'Wilhelmus', the Dutch national anthem, with part of the Requiem Mass.
1947 - 1958
Landré resigns from his teaching post in Amsterdam to serve as secretary of the Raad voor de Kunst [Arts Council].
1952 - 1960
Guillaume Landré is the artistic director of the Concertgebouw Orchestra for three years and also serves on the orchestra’s board. His composition 'Kamersymphonie' [Chamber Symphony, 1952] is awarded the Van der Leeuw Prize in 1955. He serves for years as the chairman of the Genootschap van Nederlandse Componisten [Geneco, Society of Dutch Composers] and vice chairman of the International Society for Contemporary Music. He holds various administrative positions with other music organisations, including Donemus and the Nederlandse Operastichting. He is also a board member of BUMA and as a lawyer, plays an important role in the world of copyright.
1961 - 1965
Landré receives the Visser Neerlandia Prize for his orchestral variations 'Permutazioni sinfoniche' (1957) and the Sweelinck Prize – the national award – in 1964 for his entire oeuvre. The opera 'Jean Lévecq' (1963) is premiered at the 1965 Holland Festival,
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