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‘My heart is as wide as the sea’
Words by Friedrich Nietzsche
About Jan van Gilse
(05/11/1881 - 09/08/1944)
Jan van Gilse received his musical education in Germany. His music developed into a synthesis of French impressionism and German romanticism. He became a popular conductor and one of the founders of the Society of Dutch composers (GeNeCo) and also the copyright organization BUMA. During the war, this socially engaged human being was fiercely anti-German. He had to pay a heavy price for his fighting spirit.