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NANCY VAN DER ELST

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Period

1919 - current

Genre

contemporary classical music

Biography Nancy van der Elst

Nancy van der Elst was born on May 9, 1919 in Utrecht. br> Education She received her first singing lessons from Catherina van Rennès. Later she studied musicology at the University of Utrecht with the professors Smijers, Vogelsang and Reeser and received her doctorate in 1957. Additionally she studied harmony and ...
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Biography Nancy van der Elst

1919

Nancy van der Elst was born on May 9, 1919 in Utrecht. br>
Education
She received her first singing lessons from Catherina van Rennès. Later she studied musicology at the University of Utrecht with the professors Smijers, Vogelsang and Reeser and received her doctorate in 1957. Additionally she studied harmony and counterpoint with Ernest W. Mulder. She also received a diploma in solo singing from the Conservatory of Utrecht (1951) and the diploma Chant enseignement libre 4e degré at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (1958). At the University of Paris she received the Doctorat d'état of the lettres et sciences humaines (21 April 1972) with her thesis Henri Duparc, l'homme et son oeuvre. She studied at that time with Jacques Chailley.


Activities

From 1950 up to 1951 she was docent in music theory at the Conservatory of Utrecht and from 1956 up to 1957 docent music history at the in Amsterdam Muzieklyceum. From 1958 to 1981 she taught music history at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Additionally she wrote music reviews for the Utrechts Nieuwsblad. In 1975 guest lecturer at the University of Utrecht and from 1977 to 1978 replacing docent music history at the Conservatory of Utrecht. Also she conducted several woman choirs (among others the Toonkunst Dameskoor Amersfoort from 1951 to 1980), gave private singing lessons and several courses at the Eduard van Beinum Foundation.


Publications

She wrote articles forMens en Melodie, Ouverture, Intrada, Preludium, Revue musicale de Suisse Romande among others. She was responsible for the texts on record albums and musicological articles associated with the record Catharina van Rennes 125 jaar (1983). Furthermore she wrote books on the lives of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Gelukskind) and César Franck (Organist of Sainte Clothilde). Both books appeared in the Sonatine series, Tilburg, 1953.

Honours
In 1976, she was appointed as honorary member of the Society of Promotion of Music, in Amersfoort, and in 1982, Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. She is Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and in 2003, became honorary member of the Mozart Association.

Catharina van Rennes

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