Composer and pianist Julius Hijman was born on 25 January 1901 in Almelo and grew up in musical and artistic circles. He studied piano with Dirk Schäfer and completed his studies in Vienna with Paul Weingartner. He chose Sem Dresden as his tutor in composition.
In the 1930s Julius Hijman gave regular piano concerts, mainly of the chamber music for which he had a preference. He was also passionate about the contemporary music of his time. For the contemporary music association called Vereniging voor Hedendaagse Muziek he arranged programs of modern music where he himself was often the pianist. He also wrote articles in the association’s journal. In 1937 he published short articles in 'Caeciliareeks' – the “small reference work for music lovers” – on Schönberg, Berg and Webern. At Hijman’s death in 1969 Wouter Paap wrote in his obituary in 'Mens en Melodie' that Hijman’s articles on these three composers were still worth reprinting. As a composer Hijman was not attracted to atonal and serial music. His collected works of some 80 compositions are of a mainly poetic or romantic character.
In 1939, sensing approaching disaster in Europe, Hijman emigrated with his wife and son to America. There he taught at the New York College of Music. He always kept up his musical contacts with his homeland, particularly after he war when he frequently visited the Netherlands. He was a member of the Committee for Netherlands Music in the USA where he promoted performances of music by Dutch composers. Most of his own music (mainly chamber music) was composed after he had left the Netherlands. Hijman died in New York on 6 January 1969.
Symphonische Suite 1938 for orchestra
Sonate 1940 for violin and piano
Second String Quartet 1942 for string quartet
Harp Suite 1948 harp solo
Partita 1948 for two pianos
Sonata 1949 for flute and piano
Second Sonata 1959 for cello and piano
Four songs of W.B. Yeats 1960 for baritone and piano
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