Snel, Joseph François
- Eric Blom
(b Brussels, July 30, 1793; d Koekelberg, nr Brussels, March 10, 1861). Belgian violinist, conductor, composer and teacher. He received violin lessons from Corneille Vander Plancken and then studied at the Paris Conservatoire under Baillot and Dourlen while earning his living as a violinist at the Théâtre du Vaudeville. He returned to Brussels at the end of 1813, where he played the violin at the Théâtre de la Monnaie and devoted much time to teaching; in 1818 he founded with J.-H. Mees an academy for musical instruction using P. Galin's new ‘Méloplaste’ system. He became director of the bandmasters' school of the Netherlands in 1828 and inspector of the army music schools in 1829. As one of the most important musicians in the newly established Kingdom of Belgium, he served as conductor of the Société Royale de la Grande-Harmonie in 1831, maître de chapelle at the church of St Michel et Ste Gudule in ...