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Benvenuta : Suite Nº 1 for orchestra / Frédéric Devreese

Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: 3fl 2ob 2cl 2fg cfg 4h 3tpt 2trb trb-b tb timp perc hp (pf) str

Passage à 5 : for violin, guitar, accordion, piano and contrabass / Frédéric Devreese

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Mixed ensemble (2-12 players)
Instruments: vln gtr acc pf db

Prelude : for tango quintet / Frédéric Devreese

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Mixed ensemble (2-12 players)
Instruments: vn gtr acc pf db

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4 Short Waltzes : for flute, harp, violin, viola and violoncello / Frédéric Devreese

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Mixed ensemble (2-12 players)
Instruments: fl hp vn vla vc

 

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Devreese, Frédéric

Date of birth: 02-06-1929
Website: Featured Composer's Page

General

Frédéric Devreese was born June 2, 1929 Amsterdam. Devreese
received his first musical training from his father, Godfried Devreese
(1893-1972), a composer and conductor. He studied composition with
Marcel Poot and conducting with René Defossez in Brussels.
At the age of nineteen, in 1949, he received the Prize of the Town of
Ostend for his Piano Concerto No. 1. Due to this, he was national
noticed and received scholarships to study in Rome and Vienna.
At the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome he studied composition
with Ildebrando Pizzetti from 1952 to 1955, and conducting with Hans
Swarowsky at the Wiener Staatsakademie in 1955-56.

Career

The works of Devreese are very diverse. He wrote four piano
concertos, a violin concerto, a cello concerto, a symphony and
chamber music, two operas, ballet suites and songs.
In the course of his career he evolved from an irrepressible vitalism
with jazz effects to a more universal style, which has deeper
expression and more balanced structure.

His Piano Concerto No. 4 was the imposed work for the prestigious
Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in 1983. His
Ostinati for alto saxophone, accordion and strings was the imposed
work at the International Competition Adolphe Sax in Dinant in 1998.

However, he is most famous for his many memorable film scores . He
wrote essentially for André Delvaux, Un Soir, un Train, Benvenuta ,
Rendez-vous à Bray and for Marion Hänsel ‘Noces Barbares' and ‘Il
Maestro’. His film music would exert a major influence on his other
works.

Frédéric Devreese has conducted orchestras all over the world. As a
conductor, he has made various recordings for Marco Polo's series
Anthology of Flemish Music He was nominated for this serie Cultural
Ambassador of Flanders.

Devreese has great interest in young musicians, whom he wanted to
stimulate and promote by initiatives such as Tenuto, a national music
competition for young talent . Also, he was chief conductor of the
Belgian Youth Orchestra.

Awards

Devreese has received several national and international awards,
including the Prix Italia for his TV opera Willem van Saeftinghen
(1964), the Georges Delerue Award for La Partie d’échecs Yves
Hanchar (1994) and twice the Joseph Plateau Music Award for L’
oeuvre au Noir, André Delvaux(1988) and Het Sacrament, Hugo
Claus(1990). In 2006 he was given the Klara carriere award and he is
Maestro Honoris Causa of the Conservatory of Antwerp.

His works are recorded on labels such as Marco Polo, Naxos, Emi,
Milan, Barclay, Cyprès,Virgin, Classics, Beriato.