Margriet Ehlen

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Margriet Ehlen (Heerlen, 28 September 1943) is a Dutch poet and a composer, conductor and educator of classical music.

Life and career[edit]

She has composed for a large variety of instruments, yet is particularly active in composition for voice.[1] These works extend from solo vocalists[2] to choir music.[3] Many of her compositions for voice set poetry to music. To this end she has utilized texts by Gerrit Achterberg, Anna Bijns, Emily Dickinson,[3] Wiel Kusters and Elly de Waard. She is also an accomplished and decorated poet herself.[4]

Ehlen studied composition with Gerard Kockelmans, Willem de Vries Robbé and Robert Heppener, piano with Bart Berman and Kees Steinroth and choir conducting with Jan Eelkema.[1] She graduated with a degree in music education from the Maastricht Academy of Music, and taught at teacher colleges in Rotterdam, Maastricht and Sittard.[1]

She has collected and analyzed the works of her former teacher, the Dutch composer Gerard Kockelmans,[5] and written about the composer Jean Lambrechts.[6]

Many of her works were published by Donemus, a not-for-profit Dutch publishing house that promotes contemporary classical composers. Some others were published by the Rieks Sodenkamp publishing house in Maastricht.

Selected works[edit]

  • 1979 Cyclus I, five songs for voice and piano on poems Martin Boot
  • 1980 Three songs for voice and piano on texts by Martin Boot
  • 1984 Palimpseste, for songs on poems by Wiel Kusters for mezzo-soprano and piano
  • 1988 And send the Rose to you, ten songs for choir on texts by Emily Dickinson and Elly de Waard[3]
  • 1988 Wijfken, staat oppe for soprano and flute/alt-flute on a text by Anna Bijnstriptiek
  • 1990 Euridyce, a cycle of seven songs for mezzo-soprano and flute quartet on texts by Gerrit Achterberg
  • 1990 Three small songs for flute and medium voice on poems by Hadewych Laugs
  • 1994 Dröm for soprano and flute on a text by Birgitta Buch[2]
  • 1995 Prèsque Berceuse for soprano, flute and harpsichord or piano on a text by H. Leopold[2]
  • 1995 Too few the mornings be, for soprano, saxophone, horn and piano
  • 2003 For the Distant, mini opera for soprano, 2 percussion orchestras, 2 dancers, video, and 2 choirs
  • 2006 Ignis Caritas for carillon on a text by Margriet Ehlen


  • 1997 Peter Kempkens Literature Award[7]
  • 1995-1999 Veldeke awards (4 prizes)[4]


  1. ^ a b c Ehlen, Margriet (2006), "Margriet Ehlen", Componisten (in Dutch), Amsterdam: Donemus, archived from the original on 2007-10-05, retrieved 2010-01-22 
  2. ^ a b c "Concerts on Demand: Janice Jackson - Monologue of a Lunatic". Archived from the original on November 10, 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-22. Janice Jackson's "Monlogue of a Lunatic" shows off her contemporary music vocal prowess in selections from international composers like Margriet Ehlen from Holland, and Dimitri Terzakis from Greece. 
  3. ^ a b c "Muziek, goochelen en kunst in Dante". (in Dutch). Barneveld: Koninklijke BDU Uitgevers. 2009-11-22. Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2010-01-22. In het kader van het kunstfestival 'Voorbij de laatste roos' over dichteres Emily Dickinson, komt het jeugdkoor van de Koorschool Midden-Gelderland onder leiding van Albert Wissink zes liederen zingen. Deze liederen zijn teksten van Emily Dickinson en gecomponeerd door de Belgische componiste Margriet Ehlen. 
  4. ^ a b Penris, Wino, ed. (2009-03-09), "Bijdetijds: Limburgse Kaas #3", Programmagids (in Dutch), Hilversum: Concertzender, retrieved 2010-01-23 
  5. ^ Ehlen, Margriet; Damsté, Willem (1983). Music Hall, het leven en het werk van Gerard Kockelmans, een veelzijdig componist. De Lier. 
  6. ^ Ehlen, Margriet; de Wit, Koos; Lambrechts, Jean (2001). Muziek heeft duizend gezichten: Jean Lambrechts, portret van een componist. Stichting Jean Lambrechts. 
  7. ^ "Peter Kempkens V.L.A. Literatuur Prijs 1997", Literaire Prijzen (in Dutch), The Hague: Letterkundig Museum [permanent dead link]

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