Jan Pieter Hendrik van Gilse

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Jan Pieter Hendrik van Gilse

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death: September 08, 1944 (63)
Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Son of Jan Albert van Gilse and Auguste Maria Hockelmann
Husband of Alida Henriette -ada- Hooijer
Father of Jan Hendrik -janrik- van Gilse and Maarten van Gilse
Brother of Johanna Alexandrina Geertruida van Gilse and Elise Henriette van Gilse

Managed by: Carl Gustav Verbraeken
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About Jan Pieter Hendrik van Gilse


Among composers of the older generation, Jan van Gilse (1881-1944) composed in a style that followed the line of Brahms and Mahler, which is not surprising, given that he studied and worked in Germany for many years during the first decades of the twentieth century. It was not his music that caused trouble: his persistent and active resistance against Nazi occupation meant the end of his career. His music was banned and he was forced to go into hiding. After his two sons were killed in retribution for their resistance activities, Jan van Gilse fell ill at one of the addresses where he was being hidden–the house of his colleague composer Rudolf Escher. He was taken to hospital, died and was buried under a false name. Because Jan van Gilse played an immensely important role in founding the Dutch Composers Association (GeNeCo) and improving social circumstances for composers, his life is well documented. A biography - Jan van Gilse; Warrior and Idealist - has been published by Hans van Dijk. After the war, van Gilse’s music was considered old-fashioned because the German-oriented romantic style was no longer appreciated. Only recently, conductor David Porcelijn rediscovered this music’s high qualities and has started to record van Gilse’s symphonic works for the German label CPO.

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Jan Pieter Hendrik van Gilse's Timeline

May 11, 1881
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
June 5, 1912
Age 31
Munich, Bayern, Germany
June 12, 1916
Age 35
Munich, Bayern, Germany
September 8, 1944
Age 63
Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands