August de Boeck

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Julianus Marie August de Boeck (Merchtem, Belgium, May 9, 1865 – Merchtem, October 9, 1937) was a Flemish composer, organist and music pedagogue.

From 1880 he studied organ at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under Alphonse Mailly, whose assistant he became until 1902. In 1889 he met the young Paul Gilson who became a close friend and, despite being the same age, his teacher for orchestration. Gilson encouraged de Boeck's composition work.

He became an organist at various churches in Belgian villages (1892-1894 in Merchtem, 1894-1920 in Elsene). His academic career continued in 1907 as professor of harmony at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (1909–1920) and the Brussels Conservatory, and as director of the Conservatory of Mechelen (1921–1930). In 1930 August de Boeck retired to his birthplace, Merchtem.

As with Gilson, his style was influenced by the Russian Five, and especially Rimsky-Korsakov. Along with Gilson, he introduced impressionist composition in Belgium.

Works[edit]

Orchestral Works[edit]

  • 1893 Rhapsodie Dahoméenne
  • 1895 Symphony in G
  • 1923 Fantasy on two Flemish folk tunes
  • 1926 Fantasy for oboe and orchestra
  • 1929 Concerto for violin and orchestra
  • 1931 Nocturne
  • 1932 Concerto for piano and orchestra
  • 1936 Cantilène for cello and chamber orchestra
  • 1937 In schuur
  • Cinderella, symphonic poem
  • Elegy for string orchestra
  • Gavotte for string orchestra

Sacred Works[edit]

  • Three Masses, for three voices and organ
  • 17 Spiritual Songs
  • 1898 Trois Pièces, for organ
1. Prélude
2. Andante
3. Allegretto
  • Allegro con fuoco, for organ
  • Marche Nuptiale, for organ

Secular Vocal Works[edit]

  • Songs: 54 on Flemish texts; 45 on French texts; 57 children’s songs
    • Deux nouvelles Stances, for mezzo and piano
    • Enfantines, four songs for mezzo and piano
    • J' avais un coeur, for bariton and orchestra
    • In het woud, for sopran and orchestra (after a text of G. J. P. van Straaten)
    • L' église paysanne, for bariton and orchestra
    • Mignonne for bariton and orchestra
    • Pour tes dents de nacre, for mezzo and orchestra
    • Six songs after poems of Jeanne Cuisinier, for mezzo and piano
    • Soirée de Septembre, for bariton and orchestra
    • Stances à Marylyse, six songs for mezzo and orchestra
    • Two songs after poems of Charles van Lerberghe, for mezzo and piano
  • 12 Cantatas
    • Gloria Flori for chorus and orchestra
  • 38 Motets

Operas and stage works[edit]

  • 1901 Théroigne de Méricourt, Singspiel in two acts - libretto: Léonce du Catillon
  • 1903 Winternachtsdroom, Singspiel in one act - libretto: Léonce du Catillon
  • 1906 De Rijndwergen, musical fairy tale in three acts - libretto: Pol de Mont
  • 1909 Reinaert de Vos, opera, in three acts - libretto: Raf Verhulst
  • 1918 Papa Poliet, operette - libretto: Jan Vanderlee
  • 1921 La Route d'Emeraude, lyric opera in four acts - libretto: Max Hautier naar het gelijknamig roman van Eugène Demolder
  • 1929 Totole, operette - libretto: A. V. Lions

Ballets[edit]

  • 1895 Cendrillon
  • 1896 La Phalène

Incidental Music[edit]

  • 1894 La Chevalière d’Eon (G. Eekhoud)
  • 1909 Jesus de Nazarener (R. Verhulst)

Chamber Music[edit]

  • 50 Compositions for piano
    • Nocturne, for piano solo
  • 19 Works for piano and solo instrument
    • Sonata, for cello and piano (1894)
    • Cantilene, for cello and piano

Works for fanfare[edit]

  • 1893 Rapsodie dahoméenne
  • 1896 Symfonische Suite uit "La Phalène" - "De Nachtvlinder"
  • 1902 Fantaisie
  • 1912 Jubelmars - Marche Jubilaire
  • 1929 Excelsior
  • 1934 Geuze Lambik
  • 1935 Vrijheidsgeest
  • Pasquinade
  • Marche Nuptiale
  • Marche Solennelle
  • Ave
  • Bever en zoom
  • Dyones
  • Fanfare
  • Impromptu
  • Kapperpolka
  • Oomken
  • Pan
  • Siskioo
  • Scherzando
  • Wozonmarch
  • Floria patri
  • Panache
  • Soetendael
  • Supermarch
  • Snip - Snap
  • Triplex
  • Wals
  • Plechtige Stoet

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