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Willem
Mengelberg

chief conductor 1895-1945

Willem Mengelberg succeeded Kes as principal conductor in 1895. During the fifty years that he held the baton in front of the Concertgebouworkest, strong bonds were formed with a wide variety of composers such as Richard Strauss, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinksy, Schönberg, Schreker and Milhaud, all of whom conducted the Concertgebouworkest more than once.

The appointment of Willem Mengelberg marked the international breakthrough of the Concertgebouworkest. His musicality and expertise are still a source of inspiration to many composers right up to this day.

Willem Mengelberg was forced to take his leave from the orchestra when he was dismissed in 1945 owing to his compliant attitude during the war years.

Willem Mengelberg succeeded Kes as principal conductor in 1895. During the fifty years that he held the baton in front of the Concertgebouworkest, strong bonds were formed with a wide variety of composers such as Richard Strauss, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Stravinksy, Schönberg, Schreker and Milhaud, all of whom conducted the Concertgebouworkest more than once.

The appointment of Willem Mengelberg marked the international breakthrough of the Concertgebouworkest. His musicality and expertise are still a source of inspiration to many composers right up to this day.

Willem Mengelberg was forced to take his leave from the orchestra when he was dismissed in 1945 owing to his compliant attitude during the war years.