Hans Roelofs - Kilenyi Medal of Honor

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25.11.1940 – 27.12.2019


Geboren 1940 in Veldhoven/Niederlande. Studium der Germanistik in Tilburg und Utrecht.
Arbeit zunächst im Schuldienst, dann an der deutschen Abteilung der Fontys-Hochschule in Tilburg. Promotion über die Rezeption Arthur Schnitzlers im niederländischen Sprachraum 1890-1940. Lebt in Lommel/Belgien.

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B-3920 Lommel



Februar 2017 bekam ich bzw. meine Website von der Bruckner Society of America die Kelenyi Medal of Honor wegen Verdienste in Sachen Bruckner. Hier din Teil der Laudatio:

john@abruckner.com  John F. Berky editor, abruckner.com

 Newsletter: February 15, 2017

The Bruckner Society of America awards the Kilenyi Medal of Honor to Discographer Hans Roelofs

Hans RoelofsThe Board of Directors of the Bruckner Society of America has voted unanimously to award the Julio Kilenyi Medal of Honor to Hans Roelofs. This honor is bestowed upon individuals and organizations for their exemplary work in furthering the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Anton Bruckner.

In announcing the honor, Society President Benjamin Korstvedt stated,

"The Board is awarding the Kilenyi Medal to Roelofs in recognition of his outstanding, indeed pathbreaking, work as a discographer. His Anton Bruckner Diskographie www.brucknerdiskografie.nl provides an exhaustive index of all recordings, both commercial and non-commercial, of Bruckner’s chamber, organ, piano, and non-symphonic instrumental works, as well as all of his extensive body of choral works, ranging from partsongs for male choirs, through numerous motets to the great Masses and the Te Deum. The number of individual recordings covered by this project is extraordinary, numbering in the hundreds. Adding to the value of this discography is the remarkable commentary Roelefs supplies, which discusses the character and the merits of almost every recorded performance with both musical insight and painstaking attention to detail. By making this extensive and valuable body of information freely available to the international Bruckner community Roelefs has done a great service, for which we thank you with both admiration and gratitude."

Information on the Kilenyi Bruckner Medal

A detailed description of the Kilenyi Bruckner Medal, written by Harry Waterson, can be found here.

To provide some background on the Kilenyi Bruckner Medal of Honor, I have chosen excerpts from two different editions of "Chord and Discord."

From "Chord & Discord" Volume 1, Number 4 (October, 1933):

"Recently, a distinguished member of the Bruckner Society, the American sculptor, Mr. Julio Kilenyi of New York, wishing to give formal expression to his great love for the master's music, designed an exclusive Medal of Honor displaying his own conception of Bruckner's features. A photograph of this design was immediately sent to Austria where leading members of the I.B.G. (International Bruckner Society) hailed it as the most impressive portrait of the master that has as yet appeared. So delighted was Prof. Max Auer with it that he at once requested permission to include it among the illustrations in the fourth volume of the monumental Goellerich-Auer biography of Bruckner then in the press.

The hearty European welcome accorded this initial American contribution to the iconography of the great symphonist should be a source of deep gratification not only to our native Bruckner enthusiasts but also to all American lovers of the plastic arts. Mr. Kilenyi's triumphant solution of a difficult problem in this by-path of music follows a long line of sculptural successes in more worldly, more glamorous walks. Among his many creations are the designs for exclusive medals officially awarded to Colonel Lindbergh, Admiral Byrd, Thomas A. Edison, General Pershing, President Coolidge, and many other outstanding figures in the cultural, industrial, and political life of this country. Perhaps the most distinguished among his recent designs is the William Penn Anniversary Medal, replicas of which were presented to their Majesties, King George and Queen Mary of England, and Queen Wilhelmina of Holland.

This year (1933-1934) for the first time, the Bruckner Society will be able to present its own Medal of Honor, the one designed by Mr. Kilenyi for that exclusive purpose. It will be awarded during the current musical season to Arturo Toscanini and Bruno Walter of the New York Philharmonic, Dr. Serge Koussevitzky of the Boston Symphony, Dr. Frederick Stock of the Chicago Symphony, and Dr. Martin G. Dumler of Cincinnati, Honorary Chairman of the Society.

When asked for the source of his Bruckner inspiration, Mr. Kilenyi made the following interesting reply:
'Listening to Bruckner s music has always seemed to me like reading Dante s poetry. There is in the work of these two great geniuses the same grand spirit; It is this conception that I sought to portray on the Society's new, exclusive Medal of Honor. It only requires a single glance to discover the Dantesque expression of my Bruckner'."

From "Chord & Discord" Volume 2, Number 9 (1960) - In Memoriam Julio Kilenyi:

"Julio Kilenyi (1886-1959) was born in Hungary. Before his departure for Argentina at the age of twenty-one, he had studied in Budapest, Paris, and Berlin. When he was thirty years old, he came to the United States and became a citizen eight years later.

A sculptor of wide renown, he created among others the designs for the William Penn Anniversary Medal, for medals officially awarded to Col. Lindbergh, Thomas A. Edison, President Coolidge, General Pershing, Admiral Byrd, and for medals commemorating the opening of the George Washington Bridge and the Lincoln Tunnel. Plaques and medals by Kilenyi are exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. the Cleveland Museum of Art. Boston Fine Arts Museum, Smithsonian Institute, British Museum, Oxford University, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, and the Vatican Museum. Prizes were awarded to him by the Allied Artists of America and the Tenth Olympiad Committee of Los Angeles, among others.

Julio Kilenyi was active in The Bruckner Society of America for a quarter of a century. At the time of his death, he was an Executive Member, Director and Vice-President. In 1933 he designed the Bruckner Medal of Honor for the exclusive use of the Society. Two years later, he designed the Mahler Medal of Honor to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Mahler's birth. This Medal was also made for the Society's exclusive use. The medals are awarded for outstanding effort to further interest in and appreciation of the music of Anton Bruckner. By creating these designs, Julio Kilenyi has made a contribution of lasting value to the Bruckner movement."

Past Recipients of the Bruckner Medal of Honor

Susanna Acra-Brache (2010)
F. Charles Adler (1954)
David Aldeborgh (March 14, 2011)
Takashi Asahina (March, 2011 - Posthumously)
Max Auer (1933)
John Barbirolli (October 17, 1959)
Daniel Barenboim (January 21, 2017)
John Berky (September 6, 2013)
Herbert Blomstedt (February 8, 2012)
Karl Boehm (1970s)
Leon Botstein (February 24, 2013)
Fritz Busch (May, 1950)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
William Carragan (September 11, 2010)
Eleazar de Carvalho (1970s)
Riccardo Chailly (November 9, 2014)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1970s)
Philip Greeley Clapp (February 28, 1940)
Benjamin-Gunnar Cohrs (2010)
Dean Dixon (February, 2015 - Posthumously)
James Dixon (Probably on July 5, 1962)
Christoph von Dohnanyi (February 16, 2013)
Lyle Downey (March 4, 1952)
Martin Dumler (1933)
Eugene Goossens (November 8, 1940)
Bernard Haitink (April 23, 1970)
Paul Hawkshaw (May 23, 2011)
Paul Hindemith (March 29, 1963)
Crawford Howie (April, 2013)
Eugen Jochum (1970s)
Istvan Kertesz (1970s)
Maurice Kessler (November 18, 1941)
Otto Klemperer (1935)
Mark Kluge (January, 2016)
Benjamin Korstvedt (September 11, 2010)
Serge Koussevitsky (1935)
Josef Krips (May 7, 1956)
Efrem Kurtz (December 13, 1948)
KWFM Radio (November 15, 1958)
Erich Leinsdorf (October 26, 1945)
Kurt Masur (August 11, 2014)
Donald Mitchell
Franz Moissl (1933)
New York Philharmonic (1965)
Charles O'Connell (1935)
Eugene Ormandy (1935)
Hans Roelofs (February, 2017)
Artur Rodzinsky (March 16, 1938)
Max Rudolf
Stefan Sanderling (April 15, 2012)
Hans-Hubert Schoenzeler (1970s)
Robert Scholz (March 12, 1950)
Carl Schuricht (December 6, 1956)
Robert Simpson (1960)
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (April 19, 2012)
Warren Storey Smith (January 17, 1958)
Georg Solti (1970s)
William Steinberg (December 17, 1950)
Frederick Stock (March 23, 1939)
George Szell (March 27, 1952)
Georg Tintner (March, 2011 - Posthumously)
Arturo Toscanini (1932)
Willem van Hoogstraten (1931)
Bruno Walter (December 4, 1933)
Ken Ward (April, 2011)
Massimiliano Wax (2010)
WEFM Radio (March 11, 1960)
Franz Welser-Moest (July 13, 2011)
WFMT Radio (November 6, 1955)
WNYC Radio (June 13, 1951)