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Absil,Jean

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Absil, Jean, eminent Belgian composer and pedagogue; b. Bon-Secours, Oct. 23, 1893; d. Brussels, Feb. 2, 1974. After studying organ, piano, and composition with Alphonse Oeyen in Bon-Secours, he pursued training at the Brussels Cons, with Desmet (1 st prize in organ, 1916), Moulaert (piano), Lunssens (1 st prize in harmony, 1916), and DuBois (1 st prize in counterpoint and fugue, 1917). He completed his studies in composition with Gilson (1920–22). In 1921 he won the Prix Agniez for his 1 st Sym., in 1922 the 2 nd Prix de Rome for his cantata La guerre, and in 1934 the Prix Rubens. In 1938 he garnered wide recognition for his Piano Concerto, which was commissioned by the Ysayë Competition. From 1922 to 1964 Absil was director of the Etterbeek Music School. He also taught at the Brussels Cons. (1930–39) and the Chapelle Musical Reine Elisabeth (1939–59). In 1955 he became a member and in 1968 president of the Académie Royale Belgique. He received the Belgian government’s Prix Quinquennial in 1964.

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