Great Luxembourg Women
Lou Koster, composer (1889 - 1973)
As the daughter of the orchestra leader for the Luxembourg Army First Chasseurs’ battalion, Franz Hoebig, Lou Koster grew up in a family of musicians. Thus it was no surprise when, in 1907, she began studying music; afterwards she taught violin, piano, and solfeggio at the conservatory of Luxembourg. She put to music the word of the great poets (including Alfred de Musset, Paul Verlaine, J.W. von Goethe, Edouard Mörike and Theodor Storm) and composed piano scores for the works of Luxembourg authors such as Nic. Welter (notably, one of his most important works, the ballad "Le violoniste d’Echternach"), Willy Goergen, Lucien Koenig and Wöllem Weis. The music of Lou Koster was neither avant-garde nor classical modernism. Her music reminds us very simply of "the good old days" and that’s why she fascinates the listener. It was only in 1959 that Lou Koster interpreted with great success her first "Récital de mélodies et de poésies" with famous Luxembourg artists. In 1964, for her 75th birthday, the highest honours of the "Union Grand-Duc Adolphe" were conferred upon her.