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Ergo, Émile

Zelzate, 26/08/1853 > Berchem, 11/10/1922


Ergo, Émile

by Jan Dewilde

The composer and theoretician of music Emile Ergo studied with Peter Benoit at the Flemish Music School of Antwerp. Between 1898 and 1903 he conducted several choral societies in Antwerp, such as the 'Duitse Liedertafel Antverpia' (1898-1900) and the 'Rubenskring' (1900-1903). In 1907 he was appointed at Thiébaut's 'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Musicales' at Ixelles/Elsene (Brussels).

Ergo was an ardent fan of Hugo Riemann's theories. He published several remarkable books on music theory in which he further developed Riemann's ideas. He was also engaged in several controversies about harmony and counterpoint. Even though he composed several works, unfortunately they remained unpublished. His cantata Hulde aan de Nijverheid (Ode to Industry) was performed in Antwerp in 1902.

© Studiecentrum voor Vlaamse Muziek vzw - Jan Dewilde (translation: Joris Duytschaever)