Johannes Bernardus van Bree

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Johannes Bernardus van Bree (29 January 1801 – 14 February 1857) was a Dutch composer, violinist and conductor.

Van Bree was born and died in Amsterdam. He was a pupil of Jan George Bertelman.[1]

From 1829 to the year of his death he directed the Felix Meritis Society. He was also the director of the Music School of the Society of the Promotion of Music, Amsterdam.[2]

As a conductor he gave the Dutch premieres of Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique (in 1855) and Richard Wagner's Faust Overture (1856).

Incomplete list of works[edit]

  • Operas
    • Sappho[1]
    • Nimm dich in Acht[1]
    • Le Bandit[1] (overture recorded on NM Classics[3])
  • Choral and Vocal Works
    • Mass for Soloists, Mixed Chorus and Orchestra in A flat (ca. 1830)[4]
    • Mass for Two-Part Chorus and Organ in F[5]
    • Three Masses "tribus vocibus humanis, comitante organo" for Three-Part Male Chorus and Organ (1837)[5]
    • Cantata "St. Cecilia's Day" (in D)[4]
    • Psalm 84 (1840s?)[4]
  • Orchestral and Chamber works
    • Overture in B minor[3]
    • Overture in E flat major (1839)[4]
    • Scene, for Horn and Orchestra (1841)[5]
    • Variations for violin and piano (1837)[4]
    • Violin Concerto in D minor[6]
    • Allegro for Four String Quartets in D minor (about 1845)[4]
    • Scherzi, for the piano (about 1855?)[4]
    • String Quartets - no. 1 in A minor (about 1834),[5] no. 2 in E flat (about 1840, dedicated to Bernhard Molique),[5] no. 3 in D minor (ca. 1848).[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Baker, Theodore; Remy, Theodore (1919). Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians (3rd ed.). p. 114. OCLC 223262657. Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  2. ^ Baltzell, Winton James (1918). Baltzell's dictionary of musicians : containing concise biographical sketches of musicians of the past and present, with the pronunciation of foreign names. Boston; New York: Oliver Diston Co.; C.H. Ditson. OCLC 6614100. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  3. ^ a b "Library of Congress Permalink for Le Bandit Overture Recording". Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands". Retrieved 2008-05-18.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands". Retrieved 2008-06-21.
  6. ^ "Concert of Works by van Bree on Concertzender Hilversum" (in Dutch). June 16, 2006. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  7. ^ see OCLC 42024120.

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