Forbidden Music Regained

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By Lex van Delden

Chamber music
Voice and instrument(s) (sopr fl cl vl vla vc)
15 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number: 238/005, 238/006, 238/007
published score
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For my friend Future: for Guusje


opus 1
Four songs and three interludes for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello

Elégie, words by Marceline Desbordes - Valmore
Sonnet XXIV and IXwords by Louise Labé
Les roses de Saâdi, words by Marcel in Desbordes Valmore

July - August, 1939

For my friend Nico Richter. Wtih gratitude 

About Lex van Delden

(09/10/1919 - 07/01/1988)
Lex van Delden

During World War II, Alexander Zwaap had to cover his identity by living under an alias. As of 1953, he legally changed his name to Lex van Delden. His life story is impressive considering the traumatic events he experienced in the war years. A past of which he never spoke, and which he knew to overcome with tremendous courage and resilience. Music was for him a “transfer medium between people.” He literally practiced this with his compositions. Van Delden was a great advocate of Dutch music and held several board positions in the Dutch music world.

by Margaret Krill