Composer of 'H'

Albert Huybrechts (1899-1938)

A Belgian composer. His name can be pronounced in French way and German way. Born at Rue d'Enfer in Dinant, on 12th February in 1899. Although his father was a cellist of an orchestra, he paied no attention to his son's compositional ability. Therefore, until he was 16 years old, Albert was forced to study oboe for his living even though he was not interested in it. Later he could enter Brussel Conservatory and has studied under Joseph Jongen, sudden death of his father when he was 21 years old kept him from concentrating on studying music. He had to work as a teacher or arranger beside his study. Consequently, his life was in extreme poverty. In 1925, his violin sonata was finally evaluated in the United States and awarded the Coolidge Prize. Moreover, his first string quartet was also awarded the 1st prize at Ojay Valley festival. However, his self-critical nature had nothing to do with greed such as profiting the fame. Then, he was still left away from fame. When he was finally evaluated and appointed a teacher's post in harmony class of Brussel Conservatory, It was 1937. He had only one more year before his death. On 22th February in 1938, he passed away because of uremia, at Woluwé-Saint-Pierre. At that time he was only 38 year's old. (2003©K.S.)

Main Works

Orchestral David David (1923)
Fairy Poem poème féerique (1923)
Serenade in Three Movements sérénade en trois mouvements (1929)
Song of Agony chant d'angoisse (1930)
Nocturne nocturne (1931)
Concerto Funeral Song chant funèbre (1926) <vc, orch/vc, p>
Concertino concertino (1932) <vc, orch/vc, p>
Wind Suite suite (1929) <winds, p>
Fanfares fanfares (1931)
Divertimento divertissement (1931) <brass, perc>
Chamber String Quartet No.1 quatuor à cordes No.1 (1924) <2vln, vla, vc>
Violin Sonata sonate (1925) <vln, p>
Trio trio (1926) <fl, vla, p>
String Quartet No.2 quatuor à cordes No.2 (1927) <2vln, vla, vc>
Patrorale for Sextet sextuor : pastorale (1927) <2fl, ob, cl, hrn, bssn>
Choral choral (1930) <org>
Pastorale pastourelle (1934) <vla (vc), p>
Sonatine sonatine (1934) <fl, vla>
String Trio trio à cordes (1935) <vln, vla, vc>
Wind Quintet quintette (1936) <fl, ob, cl, hrn, bssn>
Piano Sicilienne sicilienne (1934)
Songs The Roses of Saadi les roses de Saadi (1919) <sop, p>
This is the Evening of Fairies c'etait un soir de féeries (1920) <sop, p>
Autumn Song chant d'automne (1920) <sop, p>
Two Poems of E.Verhaeren deux poèmes de Emile Verhaeren (1923) <msp, 2vln, vla, vc>
Horoscopes horoscopes (1926) <sop, p>
Three Poems trois poèmes (1928) <msp, p>
Reed Flute mirliton (1934) <sop, p>
Prayer prière pour avoir une femme simple (1934) <tnr, orch (p)>

Huybrechts Disc Review

"Sonatine / Sonate / Trio" (Syrinx : CSR98101)
Marc Grauwels (fl) Véronique Bogaerts (vln) Jacques Dupriez (vla) Dominique Cornil (p)
This is probably the only available CD of Huybrechts works. The members are all Bergian-centristic performers such that the flutist Grauwels has recorded Jongen's chamber works for Syrinx, also Ms. Cornil has recorded Franck's piano works for René Gailly label. From his childhood, Huybrechts spent his life mostly in adversity. It significantly effects his personality and he tended to distrust fame or wealth too much. The keen and serious sound of his compositions may reflect his pessimistic nature. Although his compositional diction was based on Belgian romantisism or impressionism, he also adopted polyphony, atonal phrases, and irregular rhythms to reach in violent emotional content and gloomy mood. The sound character - resembling Debussy in his later life (slightly in mad), Honegger, Florent Schmitt considerably - acts as 'a stick', whereas some impressionistic sound color (come from Jongen) decorates the mood as 'an carrot'. Therefore, if you do not love the composers indicated above, you had better not try this. The highlight of this CD is, as expected, internationally acclaimed violin sonata and trio. The former one moves us with the mastery of the mystic enchanting touch with hints of Schmitt's 'Deux Mirages', the latter strikes us with the sound coloration representing Jongen's Chamber music with hints of Schmitt.

(Uploaded: 2003. 6. 22)