Noske, Willem

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Noske, Willem Gender: M
Willem Henri Noske
born on 28 May 1918 at 02:29 (= 02:29 AM )
Place Den Haag, Netherlands, 52n05, 4e19
Timezone LST m19e53 (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Koppejan
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 05°54' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 00°56 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 21°19'


Dutch violinist, music collector and music historian.

He was the son of music publisher and piano teacher Abraham Anthony Noske (10 June 1873, Axel - ca april 1945, Den Haag) and the concert pianist Margarethe Mathilde Helene "Leny" Friedlander (1893, Nieuwer Amstel-1988). They married 5 June 1917 in Amsterdam and got two children. Willem Noske, the eldest son became a violinist and music collector and Frits Rudolf Noske (13 Dec 1920, Den Haag - 15 Sept 1993, Villa Bedretto, CH) a musician and musicologist.

His father A.A. Noske was between 1896-1926 the major publisher of contemporary Dutch classical composers (Kor Kuiler, Alphons Diepenbrock, Cornélie van Oosterzee, Peter van Anrooy, Bernard Zweers, G. en E. von Brucken Fock, Dirk Schäfer, Jan Ingenhoven, Jan van Gilse and Sem Dresden), but suffered from major depressions. In 1926 he sold the firm and became a piano teacher at the conservatory of Den Haag. He died around April 1945 after the hunger winter, shortly before the Dutch liberation.

Born in a stimulating musical environment, Noske early played the violin and held his first concerts as a Wunderkind. He studied under Oskar Back en Carl Flesch. At age 14 he played solo violin for the Concertgebouworkest. He got a lot of attention, which hampered the relation with his younger brother Frits, who became professor in musicology. As a solo violinist he travelled around the world, but he felt not happy in lonely hotel rooms. Actually he wanted to be a historian, but he could not throw his musical talents away. But with the money he earned abroad, he could visit antiquaries and auction houses to collect old Dutch music, which became his lifelong passion.

He became concert master of the "Nederlands Kamerorkest" en from 1962-1980 of the "Residentie Orkest" in Den Haag. From 1957-1985 he played and revived Baroque music of unknown Dutch masters with the Residentie Orkest ensemble "Sonata da Camera" and “Viotti Kwartet.

Like his father he was a collector of music. His 65 thousand titles of sheet music, first prints, books, letters, hand writings of musicians in 1991 became part of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut (NMI, Dutch Music Institute) in Den Haag.

Noske was one the first musicians who studied the musical practice of old music in the original time. In 1948 he founded the “Vereniging voor Oude Nederlandse Muziek" with Dirk Balfoort, the curator of music of the Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag. The association published forgotten work of Josquin des Prez, Obrecht, Sweelinck and others. Later it blended with Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis The KVNM ( was founded 19 November 1868 and is the eldest existing musicological association in the world. His pioneering work had influence on famous Dutch baroque musicians like Ton Koopman, Frans Brüggen and Gustav Leonhardt to play music on historical instruments in the original style. In 1988 he got the "Zilveren Anjer" prize for his promotion of old music.


Noske was married with a later yoga teacher, got four children, and held his library first at home. In 1991 the library was worth some 5,15 million dollar, but to collect the pieces Noske took often financial risks. Between the books he kept sweets that he consumed during his nightly studies. Noske suffered from diabetes in old age, but was very active even in the retirement home.

He died 13 December 1995 in Den Haag.

Link to Dutch Wikipedia


  • Death of Sibling 15 September 1993 (Frits Rudolf Noske died in Villa Bedretto, CH)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 13 December 1995 in Den Haag
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Source Notes

Born "early before half past two in the morning" he informed Koppejan (Beeldgids)

Zoeren, Elbert van, De muziekuitgeverij A.A. Noske (1896-1926). Haarlemmerliede, 1987.


  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia (DM 2, habitual candy eater)
  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged (both parents were musicians)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Musica Neerlandica, filled his house with it)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (violinist)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian (music collector and music historian)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Music (Wunderkind)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (study of Baroque music)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (violinist, concert master)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection (Musica Neerlandica, later part oft the NMI, Dutch Music Institute)