Alexander -Lex van Delden- Zwaap
|Birthplace:||Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands|
|Death:||Died in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands|
|Place of Burial:||Amstelveen, NLD|
|Managed by:||Carl Gustav Verbraeken|
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About Alexander -Lex van Delden- Zwaap
Lex van Delden (born Alexander Zwaap, 1919-1988) started composing at the age of eleven and remained self-taught as a composer. Despite his artistic promise and interests, he enrolled at the University of Amsterdam in 1938 to study medicine. In 1940, however, the Germans invaded the Netherlands and, as a Jew, he was forced to interrupt his studies. Irrevocably, as it turned out: his hopes of becoming a neurosurgeon were dashed during World War II, because while he was in hiding an exploding carbide lamp left him virtually blind in his left eye. He joined the underground students' resistance movement, and after the war he was commended for his bravery. In 1953 the name he had assumed since the Liberation in 1945 (Lex van Delden – derived from the name he used in the resistance) was legally approved. During the postwar period Van Delden made his way in Dutch cultural life. From 1947 to 1982 he was music editor of the daily , newspaper Het Parool - originally an underground publication. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s he was one of the most widely-performed Dutch composers of his generation. He created a large body of works written in an accessible, moderately modern style, firmly rooted in the classical tradition. Most of his postwar works were published and are still part of the repertoire.