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Hubert du Plessis

1922 - 2011

Hubert du Plessis

The acclaimed South African composer and pianist lectured on Music and Composition at Stellenbosch University from 1958 - 1982
He is author of three books

Hubert Lawrence du Plessis was born on 7 June 1922 on the farm Groenrivier in the Malmesbury district. He attended school in Porterville and was the first student to obtain a BA in Music at the Conservatoire in Stellenbosch (1940-43 cum laude). He continued his studies at Rhodes University (1946-1951), Unisa and at the Royal Academy of Music (1951-1954 ) in London.
1955: lecturer at SA Music College
He lectured on Music and Composition at Stellenbosch University from 1958 until his retirement in 1987.

Hubert du Plessis performed as pianist and on the harpsicord. His compositions include a large variety of genres: children's music, chamber music, choir music, Kunstlieder and symphonies. Among the best known are Vreemde Liefde (I D du Plessis, 1951), the string quartet (1953), the choir music, Slamse Beelde (with poems by I D du Plessis, 1959), and the Huguenot-Cantata (1988).
Hubert du Plessis died on 12 March 2011 in his house in Stellenbosch.


Academy Award for Music 1963
Doctor honoris causa, Stellenbosch University 1989
1992: The Order (OMSG) Gold for exceptional merit


J S Bach, Tafelberg 1960
Dagboek van die Dans van die Reën, 1970
Letters from William Henry Bell, 1973

Some of his Compositions:

Vreemde liefde (poems by ID du Plessis), 1951
Vier klavierstukke
Klaviersonate nr 1
Five Invocations for tenor and piano
Vier slampamperliedjies (by Leipoldt)
Die vrou (poems by Elizabeth Eybers and others)
Tien Boerneef-toonsettinge
Drie kabaretliedere (texts by Hennie Aucamp)
Drei komische Lieder (texts by Christian Morgenstern)
Simfonie, 1953
Slamse beelde (for soloists, choir and orchestra), 1959
Die dans van die reën (for soprano, choir and orchestra), 1960
Suid-Afrika - Nag en daeraad (for soprano, choir and orchestra, on commission for the Republiekfees), 1966
Trio vir klavier, viool en tjello
flute sonatas
Boplaas sing koortaal (poems by Boerneef )
Huguenot-Cantata, 1988

See also af.wikipedia.org/

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