composer

Goudappel, Jacques

Date of birth: 1911
Date of death: 1995

Jacques Goudappel (1911-1995) received his musical education at the Amsterdam Conservatory, studying piano with Sara Bosmans-Benedict, organ with Cornelis de Wolf and composition with Sem Dresden. In 1942 he moved to Winschoten (Groningen), in the most northern part of the Netherlands, where he lived the rest of his life earning a living as music teacher and conductor of several choirs. The arrangements he made for these choirs of many well-known operas and musical songs were published (Harmonia) and spread all over the world. Goudappel’s classical compositions, however, have been neglected during his lifetime, partly due to his modest character, partly due, perhaps, to the fact that his sensitive, lively, French oriented style didn’t fit into the modernistic spirit of the sixties and seventies. But times have changed: When Goudappel’s compositions were rediscovered in 2012 and performed in public, they won acclaim of both musicians and listeners for their quality, depth and suitability for concert performance.

Seven of Goudappel’s chamber music compositions were recorded on CD in 2013, released in 2014 at a concert in the Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam (Zefir Records, ZEF 9637).