Léon Orthel: Drie liederen (3 Songs), Op. 26

This is day 15 of the A-toZ Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) during the month of April. During this month, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).  Today’s composer is composer Léon Orthel (1905-1985).

Orthel was a Dutch pianist, teacher and composer.  He was born in the Hague.  Wikipedia has almost no biographical information on him but does list all his works here and he seems pretty prolific.

On AllMusic.com, an independent reviewer says that Orthel thrived in the Netherlands because the Dutch government after WWII mandated that 20 percent of music performed in concert had to be “locally sourced,” i.e., Dutch.  The author describes Orthel as a neo-romantic and compares some of his works to Rachmaninoff, Barber, and Adinsell and even cinematic.

There is so little on the Web about Orthel, that I can’t find any references to which three poems of Rilke Orthel chose in today’s work.  So alas I can’t put the words here.  They are quite nice.


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2 Responses to Léon Orthel: Drie liederen (3 Songs), Op. 26

  1. James Schofield says:

    I enjoyed the Rilkelieder and as i am preparing a book on lieder, todate over 250 all accompanied by images of the composers, i was hoping you could provide me with an image Leon Orthel who I consider to be a significant contributer to the Lied. Thanks Jim Schofield


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