Oosterzee, Cornélie van
- Helen Metzelaar
(b Batavia [now Jakarta], Aug 16, 1863; d Berlin, Aug 12, 1943). Dutch composer. She studied the piano with C.L.W. Wirtz and music theory with Willem Nicolaï in The Hague. She then went to Berlin to study composition with Rudolf Radecke. After a brief return to the Netherlands, where she received counterpoint tuition from Samuel de Lange, she returned to Berlin to study instrumentation with Heinrich Urban. Her first orchestral work, Jolanthe, was performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra for the opening of the new city theatre in Amsterdam in 1894. Both this and her next work, Nordische fantasie, were frequently performed. In 1896 she conducted the first Dutch performance of a four-movement suite, Königs-Idyllen, inspired by Tennyson's Idylls of the King. In 1898 she wrote and conducted a festive cantata for the opening of the Nationale Tentoonstelling Vrouwenarbeid (National Exhibition of Women's Work) held in The Hague. In ...