Andrée Bonhomme

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Andrée Bonhomme

Andrée Marie Clémence Bonhomme (1 December 1905 – 1 March 1982) was a Dutch composer.


Andrée Bonhomme was born in Maastricht and studied music theory and composition at the Maastricht Gielen Music Lyceum with Henri Hermansat and at The Hague. She received a teaching certificate in 1927 and made her debut as a pianist and composer with the Maastricht Municipal Orchestra in 1928. From 1928-40 she took summer courses with Darius Milhaud in Paris.[1]

After completing her studies, Bonhomme worked as a composer and as a pianist with the Maastricht Orchestra, and in 1932 took a position teaching music theory and piano at the Heerlen music school. Bonhomme wrote a number of works and songs on French texts, but her career declined during the World War II, as she refused to sign a "non-Jewish declaration".[2] She was forced to resign from her orchestra position, and performance of her works was restricted to house concerts.

In 1972 she received a royal honor.[3] Bonhomme died in a nursing home fire in Brunssum. A string quartet apparently commissioned by Matty Niël and completed in February 1957 was posthumously premiered at the Limburg Composer Day in 1989.[4] Her papers are housed in the Dutch Institute of Music in The Hague.[5]


Bonhomme composed 51 works from 1920-1955. Selected works include:

  • Drie schetsen, 1928
  • Pièce en forme de sonatine for violoncello and piano, 1943
  • Quatre Melodies Tristan Klingsor, 1955
  • Sheherazade, song cycle, 1960
  • La Flute de jade
  • Chansons de flûte
  • Berceuse
  • Le tombeau d’Antar

External links[edit]

Collection Andrée Bonhomme in the Netherlands Music Institute [1]


  1. ^ Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (2001). The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians: Volume 3.
  2. ^ "Bonhomme, Andrée (Marie Clémence)". Retrieved 29 January 2011.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Andrée Bonhomme". Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  4. ^ Andrée Bonhomme, archived from the original on 4 March 2016, retrieved 31 August 2014
  5. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). ISBN 9780393034875. Retrieved 4 October 2010.