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JOHANNES VERHULST

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Period

19-03-1816 - 17-01-1891

Genre

classical, componist, dirigent, viool

Johannes Verhulst

In his long career as a choral and orchestral conductor, Johannes Verhulst left his imprint on 19th-century Dutch musical life. As a composer, he is known principally for his 'Kinderliederen', [Children’s Songs] on texts by Jan Pieter Heije, and the 'Symfonie' (1841).
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Instruments

componist, dirigent, viool

Mentioned in the biography of

1857   Richard Hol
1883   Henri Viotta

Biography Johannes Verhulst

In his long career as a choral and orchestral conductor, Johannes Verhulst left his imprint on 19th-century Dutch musical life. As a composer, he is known principally for his 'Kinderliederen', [Children’s Songs] on texts by Jan Pieter Heije, and the 'Symfonie' (1841).

1816 - 1836

Johannes (Josephus Hermanus) Verhulst is born in The Hague on March 19. He studies the organ and violin at the Royal Music School. At age 18, he completes his final examination on the violin and is awarded a “Prize for special diligence”. He enters the service of the Court Chapel in The Hague. Verhulst wins the composition competition of the Society for the Advancement of Music with his opus 4, 'O Salutaris Hostia' (1835).

1836 - 1842

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is in the Netherlands and gets to know the work of the young Johannes Verhulst. Through this acquaintance, Verhulst is able to study in Leipzig in 1838. In Germany, he becomes a friend of Robert Schumann, who writes several articles praising his music in the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. This period is a determining factor in his musical development and his further career as a conductor and composer.

1842 - 1848

As the conductor of the Euterpe concerts in Leipzig, Verhulst premieres his 'Symphony in E minor', his only symphony. The same year, he returns to The Hague, where he becomes the director of the Court Chapel of King Willem II. In 1843, he finishes his large 'Mass' for soloists, choir and orchestra, which receives its first complete performance in 1847.

1848 - 1864

Verhulst is appointed director of the Rotterdam chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Music. The impressive jubilee concerts of 1854, for the 25th anniversary of the society, are largely due to him. During this period, Verhulst becomes increasingly influential in Dutch musical life as a conductor, but his composition moves to the background. In 1860, he becomes the conductor of the Diligentia concerts in The Hague. Four years later, he also becomes the director of the Amsterdam chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Music and leader of the Felix Meritis orchestra.

1864 - 1891

While Johannes Verhulst exerts great influence through his key positions in Dutch musical life, his reserved and one-sided programming is increasingly criticized. For example, he refuses to perform the music of Hector Berlioz, Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. In 1886, the now 70-year-old Verhulst is dismissed from his position in The Hague, after which he decides to resign from his posts in Amsterdam as well. He spends the last five years of his life in seclusion. Johannes Verhulst dies in Bloemendaal on January 17, 1891.

Discography Johannes Verhulst

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