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Piet van Mever

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Pieter Adriaan (Piet) van Mever (27 January 1899, Zaandam, North Holland, Netherlands – 11 May 1985, Zaanstad, North Holland, Netherlands) was a Dutch composer, arranger, conductor and educator.

Van Mever and his twin brother started playing the violin at the age of nine. Eleven years later he was assigned to military service with the staff music of the Navy in Den Helder. He studied music with various teachers, such as violin with Louis Zimmermann, then 1st concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He studied composition, instrumentation and conducting with Cornelis Dopper. Later he studied twelve-tone technique at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst "Mozarteum" Salzburg with Paul Amadeus Pisk.

In 1929 Van Mever became a music teacher and at the same time was conductor of, among others, the Koninklijke Harmonie Excelsior Wormerveer, the Municipal Orchestra Purmerend (fanfare band), the Zaans Chamber Orchestra (from 1930) and various choirs. During a competition of the Municipal Orchestra of Purmerend he became acquainted with Eduard Flipse, who in 1941 offered him the position of second conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. During the difficult years of the war as well as in the period of reconstruction after the war, he conducted numerous concerts by this orchestra until 1949, with a lot of new, but mainly Dutch, music.

In 1949 he got a job at the Rotterdam Art Foundation and the then Youth Art Committee. With various ensembles he gave a large number of youth concerts at secondary schools in Rotterdam and Vlaardingen. In connection with these activities, he was commissioned to write incidental music for classical Dutch plays, which were performed in the Open Air Theater Dijkzicht .

He was conductor of the Hague Symphony Orchestra, the Koninklijke Harmoniekapel Delft (1954-1964), the KLM Chamber Orchestra and the Shell Harmonie. He was also leader of the national training for concert band and brass conductors, the so-called Lispet course.

From 1958 to 1968 Mr. Van Mever was a teacher for conducting and instrumentation wind and fanfare orchestras at the Utrecht Conservatory. He is the author of the Textbook of Instrumentation for Wind Bands and Fanfare Orchestras and the Brief History of the Wind Orchestra. From 1949 to 1979, he was chairman of the Association of Orchestra Conductors (BvO). For many years he was a member of the board of the Dutch Toonkunstenaarsraad. In 1978 Van Mever received the Penning van de Leuve from the Rotterdam Art Foundation.

He had previously been made a knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.


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