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Concerto per Pianoforte ed Orchestra

By Lex van Delden

Piano and orchestra (2222 4331 timp perc str pf-solo)
20 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number: 238/099
published score
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Commissioned by the Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest
For the Society of Dutch Composers (GeNeCo)


opus 66
Amsterdam, 23-04-1960

First performance

Sep 20, 1960 Haarlem - George van Renesse, Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest o.l.v. Henri Arends

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