Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman (1892-1971)

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Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, born in Rotterdam, has studied English Language and Literature. As a composer she was self-taught, apart from orchestration lessons with Eduard Flipse.

Her first major success was the performance of ‘Les illuminations' by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eduard Flipse. Besides works four piano, string orchestra and carillon, she mainly wrote choral music (male, female and mixed) and a large number of songs on texts by poets including Emily Dickinson and Simon Vestdijk. On two of her works she collaborated with her husband: the one act opera 'Rotonde' (1941) and the oratorio 'Plato's Dood' (‘Plato's Death', 1949). Her compositions have found considerable acclaim and between the thirties and early sixties they were often performed, in the Netherlands and abroad.

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