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Van den Eeden [Eede, Ede, Eethe, Eden, Vandeneet], Gilles

Hans Schmidt

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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( b ?Liège, c 1708; d Bonn, June 17, 1782). German organist and composer . He was a son of Henri van den Eeden, a singer in the Liège court in 1695, and attended the choir school at the electoral court in Cologne in 1716. There he was appointed second organist with a salary of 150 gulden on 11 March 1723, but apparently lost the post soon after, though his name still appears in the court calendar of 1724. In 1727 he was reinstated as second organist, without salary until he applied for one in 1728. In 1741 he took part in the ‘Frankfurt Suite’ of Elector Clemens August. According to another petition in August 1780 he had then been in the electoral service 54 years, which evidently does not include his activities before 1727. He was replaced as court organist by C.G. Neefe on 15 February 1781.

Though Van den Eeden has particular claim to attention as the teacher of the young Beethoven, there is some disagreement as to the precise date, length of time and nature of the instruction that the boy received from him. His friendship with the Beethoven family dated from at least ...

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