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date: 25 August 2019

Frensel Wegener [née Koopman], Berthalocked

  • Helen Metzelaar


(b Bloemendaal, Sept 27, 1874; d Amsterdam, July 17, 1953). Dutch composer, mother of Emmy Wegener. She studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Sara Bosman-Benedicts (piano) and Zweers (composition). While still a student, her Stabat Mater was performed under the baton of Daniël de Lange. After graduating in 1898 she went to Frankfurt to study singing with Hugo Bellwidt. For some years she worked as an accompanist in the Netherlands and Germany. She married the insurer John Frensel Wegener, and in 1901 their first daughter Emmy was born.

Frensel Wegener concentrated on writing songs, which were performed by leading Dutch singers. The songs to German texts are in a late Romantic idiom, while she later adopted a style close to French Impressionism. Some of her best-known works include Der Wetterhahn, Sterbeglocken, Droome-vrouw and the Three Love Songs. Her cantata Meilied, written for the exhibition ‘De Vrouw, 1813–1913’ (Amsterdam, ...

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