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date: 31 March 2020

Bertouille, Gérardlocked

  • Henri Vanhulst

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(b Tournai, May 26, 1898; d Ixelles, Brussels, Dec 12, 1981). Belgian composer and critic. After studying philosophy and law he applied himself to thorough music studies, taking composition lessons with Absil and Souris. If Bertouille’s attachment to traditional forms was reminiscent of neo-classicism, he considered melody as the essential element in music, assigning to it the expression of feeling as its principal objective. Avoiding any aggressivity in the sphere of harmony, he advocated aesthetic ideas opposed to the avant garde. In L’oeuvre d’art he argued that contemporary art had lost its way: by renouncing every structural principle it had ceased to have any meaning, existing only by virtue of its negations.

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CeBeDeM et ses compositeurs affiliés, ed. D. von Volborth-Danys (Brussels, 1977-80)
Brussels, Centre Belge de Documentation Musicale [CeBeDeM]