Forbidden Music Regained

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By Jan van Gilse

Opera / musical theatre
Opera (soloists 2recit SATB 3343 4431 timp 3perc hp pf str dancers)
170 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 053/073 053/073-1 053/074a 053/075
published score
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To the fighters for justice and freedom


Thijl, dramatic legend:
prologue, three acts and epilogue after “De heldhaftige, vroolijke en roemrijke daden van Uilenspiegel en Lamme Goedzak in Vlaanderenland en elders” by Charles de Coster

Libretto by Hendrik Lindt

See also ‘Mourning music at the death of Uilenspiegel’: Donemus (D03659)


First performance

Jun 5, 1980 Conductor - Anton Kersjes De Nederlandse Operastichting, Holland Festival. John Bröcheler - Thijl Henk Smit - Lamme Goedzak Thea van der Putten - Nele Loudi Nijhoff - Katelijne Peter van der Bilt - Uil. Amsterdams Philharmonisch Orkest with the Nederlands Operakoor Director - Gilbert Deflo

About Jan van Gilse

(05/11/1881 - 09/08/1944)
Jan van Gilse

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.

by dr. Hans van Dijk