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Flem fatale: Jef van Hoof (1886-1959)
« on: September 19, 2020, 03:00:45 PM »
In the dim and distant past, Dundonnell posted -

I have the Marco Polo Romantic Symphonic Music by Flemish Composers Vol.II: . . . and van Hoof's Symphony No.2.

... so, why not?  Here we begin our SPRITEly tale ...

-Belgian composer, born and died in Antwerp
-1916 followed father's footsteps as church organist at St Michiel
-promoted Flemish nationalism
-imprisoned for 8 months after WW I for suspicion of sympathizing with the German (enemy)
-1933 he founded pro-Belgian Flemish National Song Festival
-1936 was an instructor at the Royal Flemish Conservatory and for two years during WW II was its director
-influenced by Peter Benoit, later achieving a high degree of technical virtuosity, especially for his works for brass
-became a pioneer in the field of music forcarillon and brass

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(incomplete) Works list:

Instrumental:
Perseus, overture., 1908;
Landelijke stemming, 1910;
Willem de Zwijger, overture., 1910;
Divertimento for Trombony & Orchestra
Sym. Suite no.1, 1918; 
Sinfonietta, brass ensemble, 1932;
Sym. no.1, 1938;
Sym. no.2, 1941;
Sym. no.3, 1944–5;
Sym. no.4, 1951;
Sym. Suite no.2, 1952;
Sym. no.5, 1956;
Sym. no.6, 1958 [inc.];
Concertino In C For Viola And Orchestra

Nietigheden, str qt, 1922;
Praeludium quasi una fantasia & Sonata, for carillong
Procession for Brass Ensemble & Percussion
works for pf, carillon, org, chbr ens

Stage:
Tycho-Brahé (op, H. Baccaert), 1911;
Meivuur (landelijk zangspel, P. De Mont), 1916, Antwerp, Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera, 12 Jan 1924;
Vertraagde film (incid music, 2, H. Teirlinck), 1922, NIR (Radio Antwerp), 26 Feb 1937;
Jonker Lichthart (comical-dramatical op, 1, E. Denhaene), 1928, Antwerp, Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera, 11 Nov 1961

Vocal:
Groeninge (song, G. Gezelle), SATB, ww and brass band, 11 July 1909;
Missa ‘De Deo’, SATB, brass ens, 1937;
Missa ‘De Beata’, SATB, orch, 1948;
TeD, SATB, brass ens, 1949;
patriotic and other secular songs, choral works





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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2020, 03:05:05 PM »








and several others available on Amazon
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2020, 08:59:00 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAoK03yR0Sc

Preludium quasi una fantasia

I don't think I've ever seen this instrument played before.
Interesting - but not good for a headache.
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Re: Flem fatale: Jef van Hoof (1886-1959)
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2020, 12:38:46 AM »

I have this CD which I recall enjoying very much.
Especially Meulemans (not to be confused with Belgian footballer Ceulemans).
'Pliny's Fountain' is a lovely, poetic work.
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« Last Edit: September 20, 2020, 12:41:28 AM by vandermolen »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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Re: Flem fatale: Jef van Hoof (1886-1959)
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2020, 06:16:09 AM »
Apart from the afore mentioned Flemish Music CD there was another disc on the short lived bargain Discovery label which had another collection of Belgium music collectively called "Salva Antverpia" and Van Hoof's First Symphonic Suite was on it.....


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Re: Flem fatale: Jef van Hoof (1886-1959)
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2020, 11:46:52 AM »
Apart from the afore mentioned Flemish Music CD there was another disc on the short lived bargain Discovery label which had another collection of Belgium music collectively called "Salva Antverpia" and Van Hoof's First Symphonic Suite was on it.....



I made some nice discoveries (no pun intended) on that old Discovery label.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Flem fatale: Jef van Hoof (1886-1959)
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2020, 12:45:05 PM »
Two more:




The symphonies 1, 2 and 4 are particularly endearing, well-crafted and entertaining works with a certain Straussian touch. The recording of the 6th is very odd: the last movement just lasts a few seconds and ends quite abruptly. No wonder van Hood left it unfinished.  ;D