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By Lex van Delden

Chamber music
Vocal Ensemble (2-12) and instrument(s) (sopr ten GK4 3perc 2pf)
15 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number: 238/047
published score
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for my son Lex


opus 19
For mixed choir, soprano and tenor solo, percussion and two pianos
Words by: Omar Khayyám / translation: Edward Fitzgerald
Bekroond met de Muziekprijs 1947 van de Gemeente Amsterdam

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