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Petrus Leonardus Leopoldus Benoit

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
Death: March 8, 1901 (66)
Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
Immediate Family:

Son of Petrus Jacobus Benoit and Rosalie Monie
Husband of Flore Wantzel
Partner of Agnes Mertens and Julie Zoé Pfötzer
Father of Alfons Baeyens
Brother of Leonie Benoit; Constant Benoit; Edmond Benoit and Clemence Dorothea Benoit

Managed by: Carl Gustav Verbraeken
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About Peter Benoit

Peter Benoit was de gedreven stichter van het Koninklijk Vlaams Muziekconservatorium van Antwerpen. Beroemde werken van hem zijn onder andere: ' De oorlog' , cantate met groot orkest striemende aanklacht tegen het onheil van de Frans-Duitse oorlog (1870-1871) ' Rubenscantate' ter herdenking van de schilder P.P.Rubens , openluchtcantate met beiaard. Strijdend pacifistische tekst van Julius de Geyter.

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Peter Benoit (17 August 1834 – 8 March 1901), was a Flemish composer of Belgian nationality.


Petrus Leonardus Leopoldus Benoit was born in Harelbeke, Flanders, Belgium in 1834. He was taught music at an early age by his father and the village organist. In 1851 Benoit entered the Brussels Conservatoire, where he remained till 1855, studying primarily with FJ Fétis. During this period he composed music to many melodramas, and to the opera Le Village dans les montagnes for the Park Theatre, of which in 1856 he became the resident conductor. In 1857 he won the Belgian Prix de Rome for his cantata Le Meurtre d'Abel. The accompanying money grant enabled him to travel through Germany. In the course of his journings he found time to write a considerable amount of music, as well as an essay called L'École de musique flamande et son avenir.

Fétis loudly praised his Messe solennelle, which Benoit composed in Brussels on his return from Germany. In 1861 he visited Paris for the production of his opera Le Roi des Aulnes ("The Erl King"), which, though accepted by the Théâtre Lyrique, was never performed. (He also composed a work for piano and orchestra called Le Roi des Aulnes.) While there he conducted at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens. Again returning home, he astonished the musical community with the production in Antwerp of a sacred tetralogy, consisting of his Cantate de Noël, the above-mentioned Mass, a Te Deum and a Requiem, in which were embodied to a large extent his theories about Flemish music. Benoit passionately pursued the founding of an entirely separate Flemish school, and to that purpose even changed his name from the French "Pierre" to the Dutch equivalent "Peter". Through prodigious effort he succeeded in gathering a small group of enthusiasts who recognized with him the potential for a Flemish school that would differ completely from the French and German schools. However these intentions failed, as the school's faith was tied too closely to Benoit's music, which was hardly more Flemish than it was French or German.

Benoit's most important compositions include the Flemish oratorios De Schelde (The river Scheldt) and Lucifer (which met complete failure when it was staged in London in 1888), the operas Het Dorp in 't Gebergte (The village in the mountains) and Isa, and the Drama Christi, a huge body of songs, choruses, small cantatas and motets. Benoit also wrote a great number of essays on musical matters. He also composed a Flute Concerto (Symphonic Tale), Op. 43a, and a Piano Concerto (Symphonic Tale), Op. 43b.

He died in Antwerp on 8 March 1901, aged 66..."


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Peter Benoit's Timeline

August 17, 1834
Harelbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
August 21, 1867
Age 33
March 8, 1901
Age 66
Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium