Born in Utrecht, Netherlands on November 1, 1862
Died in The Hague, Neitherlands on June 17, 1941
Cyrano de Bergerac, Saul en David
Johan Wagenaar was a Dutch composer and teacher who was also a talented organist. He studied piano, organ, and composition in both the Netherlands and in Berlin, Germany before returning to his hometown of Utrecht to teach in the school of music and play organ for the cathedral. Though he is famous for his works written for orchestra, he was also a choral director in Utrecht and Arnhem and composed many pieces for voice. After teaching in Urtecht for 32 years, Wagenaar accepted a position as Director of the Conservatory of The Hague (also in the Netherlands).
Wagenaar was a very dedicated teacher. One of his students was his son, Bernard, who continued composing, conducting, and teaching music in America. Bernard played violin in the New York Philharmonic and taught composition classes at Julliard.