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date: 25 August 2019

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  • Marie Cornaz

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(b Brighton, Aug 11, 1918; d Antwerp, March 9, 1991). Belgian composer. She studied at the Antwerp Conservatory, where her composition teacher was Flor Alpaerts, and gave piano concerts in Belgium and elsewhere; she also occasionally worked as a journalist. After the death of her husband, the Belgian pianist Alex de Vries, in 1964, she founded the Fonds Alex de Vries, an association to help young musicians begin their careers. In 1979 she became director of the Flemish section of Live Music Now – Belgium. Her early compositions show impressionist influences, but the later ones are more expressionist in style. The most prominent of her works are Hulde aan Béla Bartok for flute, violin, piano and percussion, broadcast in New York in 1957, and the three-movement Piano Concerto, first performed in 1958 with her husband as soloist.

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