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Beatrijs (Ik dien)

By Ignace Lilien

Opera / musical theatre
Opera (sopr ten bar SATB 3222 4331 timp perc hp cel pf str)
90 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 009/053 009/054
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Beatrys - Beatrix: Opera in 3 acts after the drama “Ik Dien” (‘I serve’) by Herman Teirlinck

Jul. 1925 - Mei 1926

See also (piano reduction): catalogue application number MNmfIII/0553-0557

First performance

Antwerp 1928

About Ignace Lilien

Ignace Lilien

His hometown Lemberg, in the Ukraine known as Lviv, and in Poland as Lwów, has a history of occupation by shifting powers. This is why the Germans had trouble figuring out Ignace Lilien's real identity; he survived the war with forged documents. He worked as a chemical engineer, but that didn’t stop him from composing a large oeuvre. His life was as varied as his music, with influences ranging from Polish modernism to South American rhythms and timbres.

by Frans van Ruth