- Paul Op de Coul
(b Amsterdam, Aug 8, 1886; d Amsterdam, July 25, 1963). Dutch composer. From 1913 to 1916 he studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with De Jong (piano) and Zweers (composition). With Dresden and Zagwijn he set up the Dutch Society for the Advancement of Modern Music (1918) in order to draw attention to a young generation of composers through concerts. This society was absorbed by the later Dutch section of the ISCM (1923). In the 1920s he worked in Groningen, where he maintained close contacts with the group of Expressionistic artists known as ‘De Ploeg’ [The Plough]. Back in Amsterdam he set up the Dutch Society for Contemporary Music (1930), a concert society which he directed until 1962. He was also editor-in-chief of the society’s journal Maandblad voor hedendaagsche muziek (1931–41). In 1931 he became general secretary of the Permanent Commission for International Exchange Concerts set up by him and the Austrian composer and conductor Hans Pless, an organization to promote performances of new music in Europe and in the USA. From ...