Jef Maes

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Jef (Joseph) Maes (born April 5, 1905 in Antwerp , Belgium ; † June 30, 1996 there ) was a Belgian musician and composer .


Influenced and encouraged by his friend André Cluytens , he graduated from the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp . He studied viola with Napoleon Distelmans and chamber music with Albert van de Vijver . He took private lessons from Karel Candael in harmony , counterpoint and fugue . At the age of 23 he completed his first work, a romantic meditation for violin and piano.

After his studies he first gained orchestral experience as a violist, including two years in the orchestra of the Antwerp Opera . In 1926 he worked in an orchestra under Lodewijk de Vocht at the Nieuwe Concerts in Antwerp, which he initiated . From 1930 he was a soloist at the famous zoo concerts in Antwerp, which were conducted by Flor Alpaerts . After that he worked ten years as a violist in the casino orchestra of Knokke . After the Second World War he became a tutor at the Royal Flemish Opera and the Royal Dutch Theater .

In 1933 he became a lecturer at the music academy in Boom , ten years later he was appointed director there. From 1942 to 1955 he was a lecturer in harmony at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp and from 1955 to 1970 for chamber music. Since 1961, he has also led the annual international music camp during the summer holidays, which is organized by youth and music in Belgium. He was a mentor of the musical life in Turnhout for many years , just as he was a co-founder of the Philharmonie (then De Philharmonie ) of Antwerp . Because of his merits, he was accepted as a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences, Poetry and Fine Arts of Belgium .


Works for orchestra

  • 1929 Meditatie for violin and orchestra
  • 1931 Three rhythms in dansvorm
  • 1933 legend for violin and orchestra
  • 1935 Arabeske en scherzo for flute and orchestra
  • 1936 Wees blij for alto solo or baritone solo and orchestra
  • 1938 concert piece for large orchestra
  • 1939 Overtura Buffa
  • 1943 Concerto for viola and orchestra
  • 1944 Concertstuk for trombone and orchestra
  • 1948 Concerto voor klavier for piano and orchestra
  • 1951 Concerto for violin and orchestra
  • 1953 symphony in G
  • 1955 Concerto for harpsichord and string orchestra
  • 1957 Burlesque for bassoon and orchestra
  • 1958 Rosa Mystica for soprano solo and orchestra
  • 1961 Overture concertante
  • 1962 four-stemmed mis for mixed choir and orchestra
  • 1964 Tu auras nom ... Tristan (Suite)
  • 1965 symphony number 2
  • 1966 Partita
  • 1966 prelude, pantomime, scherzo
  • 1968 Four oude folk songs for mixed choir and orchestra
  • 1969 De verloofden for chamber orchestra
  • 1971 May 1871 for a speaker and orchestra
  • 1973 Dialogue for violin and orchestra
  • 1975 Concerto No. 2 for piano and orchestra
  • 1975 symphony number 3
  • 1980 Intrada

Works for wind orchestra

  • 1956 Vijf volksdansen
  • 1967 Bel canto overture
  • 1977 suite
  • Feestouverture

Works for keyboard instruments

  • 1955 Concerto for harpsichord and piano
  • 1965 Pavane for harpsichord
  • 1966 Study - Etude for Organ

Stage works