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In Memoriam: ter nagedachtenis van hen die omkwamen bij de ramp, welke 1 febr. 1953 Nederland, België en Engeland teisterde

By Lex van Delden

Orchestra (2232 4331 timp perc hp str)
10 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number: 238/067
published score
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Commissioned by the Johan Wagenaar Foundation


opus 38
Amsterdam, May 6, 1953

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