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D'HOEDT, Henry George

Henry-George D’Hoedt was born on 28 June 1885 in Gent and died on 14 May 1936 in Brussels.

A pupil of Emile Mathieu and Moeremans, he travelled throughout Germany in his youth. He studied under various teachers and renowned conductors. He obtained the 2nd Grand Prix de Rome in 1920.

First a choir director, he soon became a teacher of harmony and counterpoint. In 1924 he was appointed Director of the Conservatory of Louvain.

By the end of his life, he was in charge of the Conservatory of Louvain and teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Gent.

One of Henry-George D’Hoedt’s distinctive traits was his search for originality as well as refined intellectualism. He generally chose his subjects among universal themes: this native Flemish always looked beyond the boundaries of his small native land.

He drew his inspiration from mythology in order to create his first symphony, “Narcisse”. Later he got enthusiastic about Anatole France. A brief quote from France’s “la Révolte des Anges” depicting the triumph of Dionysus touring the Earth in his cortege, sufficed to inspire his orchestral poem “Dionysos”. 
His symphony with chorus “L'Ile de Cythère” is a refreshing step in his career as a composer.

His symphonic trilogy “La vocation de Siddartha”, was inspired by Buddhist mythology and it dates back to the troubled era of First World War.

Recovered Peace restored stability and serenity. The “Poème pantagruélique” rendered his impressions caused by the reading of Rabelais. This symphonic poem does not belong to what is usually called “programmed music”, but is rather a highly colourful and freely expressed orchestral display.

In 1926, the Flemish Opera of Antwerp created an opera show called “Klaas in't Luilekkerland” (“Klaas au Pays de Cocagne”). Henry-George D’Hoedt would later make two other versions of the opera, a “suite chorégraphique for orchestra” and a version for the guides’ harmony.

Finally, the orchestral rhapsody called “Chroniques brèves de la vie bourgeoise” is the crowning achievement of his philosophical and artistic development. The work was dedicated to Henri Barbusse and was a satire on modern society.

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  • A poor young shepherd
    middle voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Chroniques brèves de la vie bourgeoise, 1934
    orchestra 00:25:39
  • Dialogue de l'improvisateur et du ménétrier, 1930
    flute and piano 00:04:00
  • Feuillet d'album, 1924
    violin and small orchestra 00:00:00
  • Het avondt uit al de wolken
    middle voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Heures d'été
    Baritone or Mezzo-Soprano and piano 00:00:00
  • Il pleure dans mon coeur...
    middle voice and piano 00:03:37
  • La cloche fêlée
    middle voice and piano 00:00:00
  • La lune blanche
    high voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Les cloches, 1923
    piano 00:00:00
  • Menuet pour Cendrillon, 1923
    piano 00:00:00
  • Narcisse, 1914
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Nocturne
    high voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Om wille van dijn oogen
    middle voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Pantomime
    high voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Prélude, 1924
    piano 00:02:31
  • Ringel Roeie
    women's choir a cappella 00:00:00
  • Romance, 1932
    flute and piano 00:02:50
  • Sérénade nostalgique, 1923
    piano 00:00:00
  • Triptique choral, 1929
    Choir a cappella 00:00:00
  • Trois esquisses pittoresques
    men's choir and orchestra 00:00:00
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