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Joseph Jongen was born on 14 December 1873 in Liege (Belgium). He was a musical prodigy and entered the conservatory in 1881 at the age of seven. There he studied under Jean-Theodore Radoux (composition), Charles-Marie Danneels (organ) and Jules Ghymers (piano). At the end of his studies Joseph Jongen received several awards for his exceptional study achievements and in 1897 moreover won the Belgian Prix de Rome for his cantata "Comala".
This scholarship allowed Joseph Jongen to travel through Europe the next four years. A time he used to attend concerts, meet other composers and performers and build a network. He started in Berlin where he met Max Bruch and Richard Strauss. After short visits in Bayreuth and Munich he travelled to Paris and met Gabriel Faure and Vincent d'Indy among many others. In his last year of the scholarship Joseph Jongen went to Rome where he met Florent Schmitt, the winner of the French Prix de Rome in 1900.
In 1902 Joseph Jongen returned to Belgium and first worked as a lecturer at the Schola Musicae in Brussels. In 1911 he was appointed professor for harmony at the conservatory in Liege. During the time of World War I Joseph Jongen moved with his family to London and returned to Belgium in 1919. A year later he was appointed professor for counterpoint at the conservatory in Brussels, a position he held until his retirement in 1939. He also served as the director of this conservatory from 1925.
Beside his work as a professor at a conservatory Joseph Jongen was also successfully active as a performer. He conducted the "Concerts populaires" and "Concerts spirituels" in Brussels and was an outstanding organist.
Joseph Jongen died on 12 July 1953 in Sart-lez-Spa (Belgium).
The work catalogue contains nearly 140 composition with opus numbers and dozens of works without. Among them are a symphony for orchestra and several other orchestral compositions, concertos for violin, piano, cello, harp, trumpet and - most famous - for organ (his "Symphonie concertante, for organ and orchestra"). He also composed 3 string quartets, a string trio, a saxophone quartet, a violin sonata, numerous compositions for piano and for organ as well as works for choir a cappella or with orchestra (like his award winning "Comala, for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra") and many songs.
In my possession are six autograph manuscripts of songs by Joseph Jongen. These manuscripts are:
In addition to these autograph manuscripts I also own the following scores of songs by Jospeh Jongen: