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Bogaerts, Victor

Borgerhout, 30/08/1914 > Bornem, 12/04/2000


Bogaerts, Victor

by Jan Dewilde

Victor Bogaerts studied at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Antwerp, where he earned a first prize for violin with Edmond De Herdt. For years he was violinist in the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp and music teacher at the Royal Athenaeum of Hoboken.

Victor Bogaerts mainly composed songs with piano accompaniment, most of them on Flemish texts. In total he wrote 298 opus numbers, covering two composition periods: the first one is situated between 1939 and 1945 (opus 1-30), the second one from 1975 till 2000.

His compositional style and choice of texts remain unabated Flemish-romantic throughout his complete oeuvre, including the years 1990-2000. Towards the end of his life he was working at a symphonic composition of more than an hour's music: Tragische lage landen aan de zee (Tragic Low Countries near the Sea). According to an apparently unsent SABAM filing card from the year 2000, this work had not been finished, owing to ill health - but "as soon as it is ready I'll let you know".

The majority of his works remained unperformed and unpublished.

© Studiecentrum voor Vlaamse Muziek vzw - Jan Dewilde (translation: Jo Sneppe)