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Art Competitions at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Mixed Music, Compositions For Orchestra

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Municipal Museum, Amsterdam
Date Started: May 17, 1928
Date Finished: August 12, 1928

Bronze: DEN Rudolf Simonsen


The judges did not have many choices, as the Official Report lists 22 pieces of music that were entered, from 15 artists in 9 countries. Because the jury was not satisfied with most of the submitted works, it acted consistently and awarded only a bronze medal for orchestral music but no other award. There must have been a preliminary judging in Amsterdam because the Official Report noted that not all jurors had to arrive due to the low quality of the works.

The only medal was presented to Danish composer [Rudolf Simonsen]. He wrote four symphonies\: Zion (1915), Hellas (1921), Roma (1923) and Danmark (1925). There exists a tape from 1954, recording these symphonies with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. It lasts 20:10 minutes and has three parts (Oresteia, Loneliness at the Temples, Pallas Athene). The second symphony called Hellas was the one, Simonsen submitted to the Amsterdam Art Competitions.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
3 Rudolf Simonsen 39 Denmark DEN Bronze Symphony No. 2 "Hellas"
AC L. Vandeput Belgium BEL Marche des Sportmen
AC Knudåge Riisager 31 Denmark DEN Jabiru T-Doxe
AC Marc-César Scotto Monaco MON La Course des Torches
AC Jacques Jansen 43 Netherlands NED Marche Triomphale
AC Kazimierz Kresowiak Poland POL Orzel Bialy, Marche Militaire
AC Alexandre Dénéréaz 52 Switzerland SUI Le Cirque
AC B. Bosserdet Switzerland SUI Trilogie sur la Musique du Mouvement
AC IXe Olympiade Amsterdam Switzerland SUI L'Olympe vous salue