Van den Bosch, Pieter Joseph
- Paul van Reijen
(b Hoboken, 1736; d Antwerp, Feb 19, 1803). Flemish composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was living in Antwerp by 1762, when he married there. He succeeded Dieudonné Raick as organist at the cathedral in 1765, a post he held until the closing of the churches in 1797. During this period he was a highly influential figure in Antwerp’s musical life and its most fashionable teacher. Burney, after hearing him play the organ in 1772, wrote: ‘He is a spirited and masterly player. … His style of playing is modern, and he is very dexterous in the use of the pedals. … He has a very good taste, and great fire, both in writing and playing’. Although appearing in Paris, Van den Bosch’s published works probably reflect the uncertain musical resources of Antwerp as they are designed for performance either as keyboard solos or with various instrumental accompaniments as concertos or symphonies. The first collection is characterized by tasteful melodic writing and contrapuntal touches, but these give way in the later works to pompous themes, weak harmony and quasi-orchestral effects....