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Piccolo Concerto

By Lex van Delden

Chamber music
Large ensemble (12 or more players) (2fl(pic) 2ob 2cl 2fg 2h 2trp timp perc pf)
10 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number: 238/100
published score
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Commission of the Nederlandse Radio Unie


opus 67
For 12 windinstruments, 3 timpani, percussion and piano

First performance

Aug 31, 1961 Radio Kamerorkest o.l.v. Roelof Krol

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