Program Book 1986 page 20
Concert III Program Notes

LEON JONGEN (1884-1969) was a Belgian composer and organist. He received the Belgian Grand Prix de Rome for his cantata "Les Fiances de Noel" (1913). Thereafter he toured the world as a concert pianist. Jongen conducted the Tonkin Opera, Hanoi, from 1927-29 and later was appointed professor of fugue at the Brussels Conservatory.

FLORENT SCHMITT (1870-1958) studied harmony in Paris with Dubois and Lavignac and composition with Massenet and Faure. He was winner of the Prix de Rome on his fifth attempt in 1900. Influenced by Wagner and Strauss in the use of color, Schmitt's individual characteristics often display full but evidently tonal harmony, rhythm which may be supple or jagged, but always command a principal position, and generally conventional, well-made forms.

TOMMASO ALBINONI (1671-1750) was
a violinist and composer. Despite his talent, Albinoni preferred to remain a dilettante - a man of independent means who delighted himself (and others) through music. From 1710 Albinoni styled himself "musico di violino", as if to emphasize his independence, and his association with other musicians was remarkably limited at all times during his career. His instrumental music was much in demand all over Europe, and was ranked with that of Corelli and Vivaldi. J.5. Bach, who based four keyboard fugues on subjects taken from Albinoni's op. 1 (BWV 946, 950, 951, 951a), is known to have used other works as teaching material. Albinoni's strongest asset is the pronounced individuality of his music, to which the insularity of his life may have contributed.

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