Pijper, Willem

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Pijper, Willem Gender: M
Willem Frederik Johannes Pijper
born on 8 September 1894 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Zeist, Netherlands, 52n05, 5e15
Timezone LST m4e53 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Barbault
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°42' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 00°48 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 03°19'

Willem Pijper (circa 1935)


Dutch composer, music critic and music teacher, considered to be among the most important Dutch composers of the first half of the 20th century.

In 1912, Pijper entered the Utrecht Academy of Music, where he was taught composition by Johan Wagenaar, passing examinations in theoretical subjects in 1915. Apart from his brief study with Wagenaar he was entirely self-taught as a composer.

The octatonic scale has been called the "Pijper scale" in Dutch. As a teacher, Pijper had a great influence on modern Dutch music, teaching many prominent Dutch composers of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Pijper died on 18 March 1947 in Utrecht.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Nijhoff, Martinus (born 20 April 1894). Notes: Nijhoff wrote the libretto of the opera Halewijn
  • (has as) student relationship with Badings, Henk (born 17 January 1907)


Source Notes

Taeger quotes Lescaut quoting Barbault for 10am. Later confirmed by Sy Scholfield who submitted birth certificate n°151 (Willem Frederik Johannes Pijper) from the online Utrecht archives: "des voormiddags ten tien uur" (at ten o'clock in the morning).


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Music)