Vleeshouwer, Albert de

1863-

 

Composer; born at Antwerp, Belgium. He entered the University of Brussels to study law but eventually gave up everything but philosophy, secretly studying music with friends, and finally placed himself under Jan Blockx of the Conservatory, for composition, making rapid progress and winning his first success with a cantata written for the inauguration of the Casino Blankenberg, the most beautiful place in Belgium after Ostende. He has since become one of the first in his profession and he has rendered great service to the music of his country and to many musicians. He has directed numberless concerts in his own city, has been for many years the president of the Jury of the Concerts, and is a collaborator of the Journal le Matin, in which he writes upon art and of his various journeys. Among his compositions are two operas, L'ficole des Peres, and Zryni; a symphonic poem, De wilde Jager; a suite for orchestra in three parts, The Idyle; cantatas; trios for piano, violin and violoncello; several lyric dramas and comediettas.