Rennes, Catharina van
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(b Utrecht, Aug 2, 1858; d Amsterdam, Nov 23, 1940). Dutch music educator and composer. After studying theory, singing and composition with Richard Hol and completing her vocal studies with Johan Messchaert, she began her career as a soloist, appearing in operas and oratorios. In 1887 she founded her own music school in Utrecht, teaching singing, music theory and Dalcroze rhythmical gymnastics. For the coronation of Queen Wilhelmina in 1898 she conducted her Oranje-Nassau-Cantate op.33, with a choir of 1800 children; she also conducted a large chorus in her own music at the opening of the fourth international congress of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 1908.
Van Rennes wrote more than 150 songs and duets for children, which captivated their enthusiasm and were highly regarded by critics for their freshness. She also composed some 50 songs in a German Romantic style influenced by Schumann and Brahms, as well as French songs. Her unpretentious ...