August De Boeck




August De Boeck (1865, Merchtem - 1937, Merchtem) was a composer, organist and music educator. He studied organ at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Alphonse Mailly and became his assistant from 1902.

Composer, organist, teacher

In 1889 he met Paul Gilson (1865 - 1942) with whom he maintained a close friendship. Although they were the same age, Gilson became his orchestration teacher who motivated him to compose. As an organist, De Boeck was associated with various churches in Brussels and his native region. In 1907 he became a teacher of harmony at the Antwerp Conservatory (1909-1920) and the Brussels Conservatory. Between 1921 and 1930 he ended his career as director of the Mechelen conservatory.


His style, like that of Paul Gilson, was influenced by the Five (Balakirev, Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov); together they introduced impressionism in Belgium. In De Boeck's repertoire for choir we find a lot of simple religious music.

Choral works (selection)

  • O Beata Mater, solo soprano, SATB and organ, available through imslp.
  • Ave Maria, SATB and organ, available through imslp.
  • Missa in b minor for TBarB
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