Coenraad V. Bos

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Julia Culp and Coenraad V. Bos circa 1915

Coenraad Valentijn Bos (7 December 1875 – 5 August 1955) was a Dutch pianist, most notably as an accompanist to singers of lieder.[1] His peers such as Gerald Moore considered him the doyen of accompanists in his day.[2]


He was born in Leiden in 1875. He studied under Julius Röntgen and at the Berlin High School for Music.[3][better source needed] He decided early to become an accompanist, a field of which he made a special study.

On 9 November 1896, in the presence of the composer, and still a month shy of his 21st birthday, he accompanied the Dutch baritone Anton Sistermans at the premiere of Brahms' Vier ernste Gesänge in Vienna.[4][5]

For many years he worked with singers such as Raimund von zur-Mühlen, Elena Gerhardt (USA tour 1920, Spanish tour 1928), Julia Culp, Frieda Hempel, Alexander Kipnis,[6][better source needed] Gervase Elwes, Ludwig Wüllner and Helen Traubel (he accompanied Traubel on a world tour in 1945-46).[5]

He appeared with the 13-year-old Yehudi Menuhin in Berlin on 23 April 1929,[7] and they exchanged inscribed photographs of themselves in commemoration of the event[5] (Bos's gift to Menuhin is now in the Museum of the Royal Academy of Music[8]).

He recorded lieder of Brahms, Reger, Schubert, Schumann and Wolf with Elena Gerhardt (1927–32). He figures prominently in the Hugo Wolf Society's Complete Edition 1931-38, accompanying Gerhardt, Herbert Janssen, Gerhard Hüsch, Alexandra Trianti and Elisabeth Rethberg.[9][10]

He died in Chappaqua, New York, United States on 5 August 1955, aged 79.[1][3][11]


He preserved his musical memories in "The Well-tempered Accompanist" (1949; co-written with Ashley Pettis).[12][13]

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  1. ^ a b "Coenraad V. Bos, Accompanist, Dies. Pianist, Authority on Lieder, Was Friend of Brahms Lectured at Juilliard". New York Times. August 6, 1955. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  2. ^ His name appeared in older sources as Coenraad van Bos, but that was an error; his middle name was Valentijn (also spelt Valentyn) leading to the form Coenraad V. Bos.
  3. ^ a b Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 5th ed, 1954, Vol. I, p. 828, BOS, Coenraad v.
  4. ^ The Organ Music of Johannes Brahms - Barbara Owen. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  5. ^ a b c "Coenraad Valentijn Bos - meesterbegeleider" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  6. ^ "Alexander Kipnis sings "Michelangelo Lieder"". YouTube. 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Yehudi Menuhin's Concert List". Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  8. ^ "Museum & Collections - Royal Academy of Music". 1929-04-26. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  9. ^ "The Hugo Wolf Society - The Complete Edition 1931-1938". ArkivMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  10. ^ "An Eloquent Story". 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  11. ^ Some sources say he died in Mount Kisco on 6 August.
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