- Diana von Volborth-Danys
(b Montignies-le-Tilleul, Hainaut, Nov 17, 1910; d Le Tignet, France, March 13, 1996). Belgian composer. He started his musical studies at the Charleroi Academy of Music and continued at the Brussels Conservatory, where he obtained a virtuosity prize for piano. He studied composition with Jean Absil and Francis de Bourguignon. In Paris he received advice from Henri Tomasi. Until his retirement in 1976 he was a piano teacher at the academies of Schaerbeek and Uccle, director of the Auderghem Academy of Music and since 1947 taught solfège and later harmony at the Brussels Conservatory. As a pianist he performed numerous works by Belgian contemporaries, and he gave recitals and concerts first as a soloist, and later as part of a piano duo with Jane Pallemaerts. Slowly his career as a pianist gave way to composition. As a composer he was prolific in spite of starting late in life. He was open to all the aesthetic tendencies which influenced the language of modern music, but was in particular an admirer of Bartók and Stravinsky. He developed a contrapuntal style which shows great interest in form, melody and colour....