Daniel Ruyneman was born in Amsterdam on
August 8, 1886
and he died there on July 25, 1963 . He studied composition with Bernard Zweers and piano with Karel de Jong at the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music.
In 1918 he founded with Henri Zagwijn the Netherlands Society for Modern Music. Later this society was merged into the Holland Section of the ISCM. From 1920-1930 he was the conductor of the Groningen University Music Society Bragi and of the mixed choir Magna Pete. In this capacity he gave a first performance during festivities in
of Le boeuf sur le toit, a cinema symphony by Darius Milhaud and Jean Cocteau, followed by a performance in 1925 at the Theatre of Utrecht. In 1930 he gave the impulse for the founding of the Netherlands Society for Contemporary Music, of which he was the musical leader until the beginning of 1962. The Review for Contemporary Music, which he founded in 1931 and where he served as chief editor until 1941 when it was forbidden during the German occupation, was the official publication of the society, with contributions by many prominent figures in this country and abroad. Together with Hans Pless from
, Ruyneman initiated the foundation of international exchange concerts and consequently performances of Dutch chamber music occurred in numerous European cities and in the
. From 1947-1951 Ruyneman was the first secretary of the Holland Section of the ISCM and from 1950 he organized chamber music recitals at the
Ruyneman made his first public appearance as a composer at the age of 30. Soon thereafter he became one of the radical innovators amongst Dutch composers and was exceptionally famous outside The Netherlands at that time. His search for new idioms in sound resulted in many works that created a stir in the period they were written and which continue to fascinate through their unusual and impressive means of expression. His development in later years is characterised by a growth which shows connections with the
and with Musica Viva, a growth already determined in his early Chinese songs (1917), the Hieroglyps and the Quatre poèmes d'Apollinaire.