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Deroo, Maurits

Brugge, 04/11/1902 > Assenede, 04/03/1988

Biografie

Deroo, Maurits

by Jan Dewilde

Maurits Deroo received his first musical education (solfège and violin) at the Bruges municipal Conservatory. Subsequently he went to the Brussels Royal Conservatory, where between 1923 and 1927 he obtained many first prizes, amongst them for harmony (Rasse), fugue (Joseph Jongen) and violin (Crickboom). At the violin examination he was a hit with the performance of his own Poème.

In 1926 he became violin teacher at the municipal Conservatory in Bruges. Concurrently he played as a violinist in the famous orchestra of the Ostend Kursaal. In 1946 he succeeded Joseph Ryelandt in the Bruges Conservatory as the director and as a composition teacher. He was to lead this school until 1968. In his function of director he influenced local music life considerably, not the least with the much appreciated annual concerts given by the conservatory orchestra.

Deroo left behind an oeuvre of 122 opus numbers, composed in a late-romantic eclectic style. He practised various genres, with a preference for instrumental music: symphonic poems, symphonies, violin concertos, works for wind and percussion instruments, chamber music, music for piano, organ and carillon, as well as some hundred songs and a few choral compositions.

With the cantata Antigone he competed for the Prize of Rome in 1929, and with Paix, a choral work for 4 voices, he became first laureate of the Académie d'Alsace competition. Furthermore he was awarded several prizes by the province of West Flanders and by the NIR (National Radio Institute).

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