Jan van Gilse (1881-1944) a Dutch composer and conductor, began serving as director of the Utrecht Conservatory in 1933, a post he accepted upon leaving Berlin after the rise of the Nazi regime. In 1935 van Gilse founded the Stichting Nederlandse Muziekbelangen [Dutch Musical Interests], a foundation to promote the performance of Dutch music. A strongly independent spirit, van Gilse refused to join the Kulturkammer, a condition of publication and performance under the Third Reich; his work was banned as a consequence. Along with both his sons, van Gilse became active in the Dutch resistance. By 1942 it was necessary for both the composer and his wife to go into hiding. Following his son’s executions in 1943 and 1944, Van Gilse was admitted to hospital under a false name. Van Gilse was ultimately buried in an unmarked grave in order to protect those who had been helping him.

Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola

Jan van Gilse’s Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola is a work strongly influenced by late German Romanticism and late French Impressionism. It represents a wonderful opportunity for the contemporary flautist, whose repertoire options for chamber music in this style and genre are especially limited. Featuring sumptuous chromaticism and masterfully interwoven melodic lines, the Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola is a richly virtuosic and expressive showcase of the highest quality.

Article text and music courtesy of Suzanne Snizek taken from http://ssnizek.finearts.uvic.ca/.

Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola: Ruhig, frei - Allegro, molto moderato

Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola: Alla marcia leggiero

Trio for Flute, Violin and Viola: Molto vivace

Suzanne Snizek, flute; Keith Hamm, viola; Aaron Schwebel, violin; Louis Ranger, recording producer.


Leo Smit Foundation website. Accessed 2 June 2017. www.forbiddenmusicregained.org/search/composer/id/100024