Willem Hutschenruyter (1863-1950).

  • Profession: Horn player, administrator Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO).
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  • Born: 22-09-1863 Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Died: 03-03-1950 Laren, the Netherlands
  • Buried: 00-00-0000

Willem Hutschenruyter is the son of Willem Jacob Hutschenruyter, Kapellmeister of the wind orchestra of the Rotterdam militia, and younger brother of Wouter Hutschenruyter.

  • Pupil of the horn player Edward Preus (horn player from Bohemia who had played first horn in a German opera company in Rotterdam, the Netherlands).
  • 1889-1901 Horn player Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO).
  • 1892-1904 Administrator Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO).
  • Deputy director at the music school and conservatory of the Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Toonkunst in Amsterdam.
  • Horn player Utrechts Stedelijk Orkest (USO).

In 1902 there was an invitation from Richard Strauss (1864-1949) to the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) to participate in the Tonkunstlerversammlung des ADM (1902) which was held in Krefeld.

The program would include the premiere of Gustav Mahler‘s Symphony No. 3. Richard Strauss (1864-1949) had already written a flattering letter to Willem Hutschenruyter (1863-1950) in order to get the cooperation of the orchestra.

Letter by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) to Willem Hutschenruyter (1863-1950)

“Das schwere Programm, welches dieses Jawr zu vollbringen sein wird, kann nur von einem solchem ??Musterorchester bewaltigt werden. Direktor Mahler hat mir unter die ser Bedingung die Erstaufführung seiner schweren 111. Sinfonie unter seiner Leitung zugesagt. Er zal Selbst Zu den Vorproben nach Amsterdam Kommen. Wir alle wollern kein Opfer scheuen um das Conzertgebouworchester zu gewinnen”.

It was not intended that Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) would conduct at the music festival. Only with a own Mengelberg composition that could be the case.

Hutschennuyter traveled to Krefeld to talk about a participation. Back at the meeting of the Concertgebouw Board, he did not benefit at all: It was not nearly as financial appealing as the trip to Norway. In addition, the orchestra was already booked for june.

Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) opposed and traveled to Krefeld without the orchestra. Where he would meet Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) at 1902 Concert Krefeld 09-06-1902 – Symphony No. 3 (Premiere). This is the origin of the friendship between Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) and Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951) and the starting point of the Mahler culture in the Netherlands.

Until 1904 the post of administrator of the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) was held by Willem Hutschenruyter (1863-1950). For him, Willem Mengelberg (1871-1951)‘s independent mind, and his absolute authority over the players, were a constant source of exasperation. In 1904, after the management commitment finally rejected his proposals, Hutschenruyter resigned. A significant number of musicians took his side and resigned with him, along with the assistant conductor André Spoor.

The vacant posts were filled with new musicians, and the committee appointed a new administrator: Hendrik (Han Henri) de Booy (1867-1964).

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