Gerard von Brucken Fock

Born: 28th December 1859

Died: 15th August 1935

Birthplace: Koudekerke, Netherlands

Gerardus Hubertus Galenus von Brucken Fock was a nineteenth-century classical Dutchpianist who gave up his career as a performer to compose and paint. Constantly torn between art and church, he traveled much in Europe, later establishing himself in Amsterdan. Married to the daughter of a member of the Zeeland parliament, he joined the Salvation Army and traveled from place to place in France, preaching and playing organ. He was also considered a very good draftsman and watercolorist whose works often inspired his own musical pieces. His orchestral works frequently lean towards French Impressionists like Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

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