Bartholomeus Ruloffs

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Bartholomeus Ruloffs (October 1741 - 13 May 1801) was a Dutch conductor and composer.

Ruloffs was born and died in Amsterdam. His duties as conductor included conducting the city's Felix Meritis concerts.[1] His new music for Zemire en Azor, a zangspel with scenery and ballets, for Pieter Pypers' 1784 Dutch version of the play by Jean-François Marmontel was a significant early step towards producing an opera in Dutch.

Selected works[edit]

  • Les décréations d’Apollon on les trois symphonies a deux violons, taille et basse obligé, deux flutes et deux corni de chasse tiré des nouveaux opéras français. printed by J.J. Hummel in Amsterdam.
  • Music for Zemire en Azor (1784), one of the earliest opera in the Netherlands.
  • Six sonatas for keyboard (Markordt, 1769)
  • Derde stukje der muzikale verlustiging (Smit, 1772)
  • Cantate historique (1777)
  • Jephta (Kruyff, 1779) a theatrical zangspel.
  • Marsch-retraite, for the burger company of watch district 40, Hieronimus van Slingelandt
  • Beurtgezangen , Elk zyn beurt is niet te veel (1785)
  • Proeve van kleine gedichten voor kinderen; text Hieronymus van Alphen (Gerbrand Roos, 1790)
  • Tot middernacht (List of tegenlist), zangspel (Helders en Mars, 1791)
  • Willem Tell (1791)
  • In triomf (1795)
  • nl:De bruiloft van Kloris en Roosje.


  1. ^ Music in the Netherlands Leo Samama, Fer Abrahams, Michiel de Ruyter - 1985 - - Page 9 "Around 1775 it consisted of 16 musicians under the capable direction of the composer Bartholomeus Ruloffs (1741-1801). Soon after the City Theatre on Keizersgracht burned down in 1772 Ruloffs was appointed conductor of the Theatre Orchestra: in 1774 he took charge of the festive opening of the new Theatre on Leidse Plein, ...

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