Orientalizing Europe, Europeanizaing Africa : the fantastical lives and tale of Jan Gysbert Hugo (The Marquis) (Louis de) (Vere) Bosman di Ravelli, also known as Gian Bonzar

Muller, Stephanus (2010)

Muller, S. 2010. Orientalizing Europe, Europeanizaing Africa : the fantastical lives and tale of Jan Gysbert Hugo (The Marquis) (Louis de) (Vere) Bosman di Ravelli, also known as Gian Bonzar, in Markovic, T. & Mikic, V. (eds.). (Auto)Biography as a musicological discourse, Musicological studies: Collection of paper Volume 3. University of Arts Belgrade, Belgrade, p.142-159.

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Before he was being invented by others, or started imagining himself in autobiographical texts, he was creating new names for himself. Born Jan Gysbert Hugo Bosman on 24 February 1882, the first of these names was the Italianate Vere di Ravelli, a name made up for the concert stage. Combining the name he had read in a book with a shortened form of the Spanish for "Gysbert" or "Gilvere", he was using the stage name in 1902 during his second concert tour of the cities of Berlin, Magdeburg, Paris, Strasbourg and Cologne. A letter to Johannes J. Smith of 15 November 1912,includes two Sapphic reconstructions by "Gian Bonzar" for translation into Afrikaans and possible publication. The letter, signed by Bosman with his invented stage name, "Vere di Ravelli".

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