Iet Stans

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Hendrika Henriëtte Cornelia Stants, known as Iet Stants, (born 17 January 1903 in Utrecht, died 3 February 1968 in Culemborg) was a Dutch composer.[1][2]

From 1919 she studied at the Toonkunst music school in Utrecht and her first compositions – three songs, a string quartet, and three piano pieces survive from 1920. In 1921 she wrote a second quartet, a piano quintet, a parody opera, and a pastorale for orchestra. In 1925 she completed only a piano trio and a choir piece. Insecure and disillusioned she decided to stop composing. She took an office job and composed only sporadically.

In October 1938 Stants married Leendert Sillevis from Culemborg, a widower fourteen years older than her. She began to compose again: a concerto grosso for flute, cello and string orchestra in 1940 and a suite for small orchestra in 1942.

After the Second World War Stants dedicated herself to music education and related social activities. Among other things, she became active as a board member and in the cultural and spiritual committee of Het Nederlandse Padvindersgilde (Dutch Girl-pathfinders Guild).[3][4]. She died on 3 February 1968.

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  1. (in nl) Tijdschrift van de Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis. Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis. 1986. p. 196. Retrieved 2018-12-17. 
  2. "Stants, Hendrika Henriëtte Cornelia (1903–1968)" (in nl). 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2018-12-17. 
  3. (in nl) De schalmei. Nederlandsche Padvindstersgilde, Den Haag. 1948. p. 231. Retrieved 2020-12-14. 
  4. (in nl) De padvindster. Nederlandsche Padvindstersgilde, Den Haag. 1949. p. 20. Retrieved 2020-12-14.