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Highlighted Concerts: Vladimir Martynov, Joey Roukens & Patrick van Deurzen

This Summer, there will be interesting concerts with new music from Vladimir Martynov, Joey Roukens and Patrick van Deurzen… 

Vladimir Martynov

From June 25-27, Vladimir Martynov’s opera, ‘The Exercises and Dances of Guido‘, staged by Georgy Isaakyan, will be performed at the Moscow Youth Music Theater. The opera concerns modern music notation systems founded in 10th and 11th centuries by a Benedictine monk, Guido d’Arezzo.

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On July 19 and 20, the world premiere of the theater adaptation of Hemingway’s great novel, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’, will take place at the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre in Russia. The play was commissioned by the International Tchekhov Theater Festival. Following the world premiere, there will be a second set of performances, on September 30 and October 1, also at the Vakhtangov Theatre. The stage direction, adaptation of the novel, and set design is by Anatoly Vassiliev, with music performed by Ensemble Opus Posth. The piece is dedicated to the centenary of the birth of renowned Russian conductor, Yuri Lyubimov.

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On July 23, Vladimir Martynov is a guest of the Festival Assisi Suono Sacro (Italy) for a composer portrait at the Cattedrale di San Rufino in Assisi. The program’s high-point will be the world premiere of ‘The Beatitudes‘ in the version specially made for ensemble Assisi Suono Sacro, with Martynov at the piano.

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Joey Roukens

On July 5, Joey Roukens’ orchestral piece ‘Morphic Waves‘ will have its Italian premiere in Rome with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Kristian Jarvi. The concert will take place during the outdoor summer festival, Luglio Suona Bene.

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Patrick van Deurzen

Patrick van Deurzen’sCimbalom concerto‘ was premiered April 29, 2017, with great enthusiasm and success. The 6th concerto in the Rotterdam Concerto Series at De Doelen, the concerto was inspired by the novel by Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, and features the unusual instrument, the cimbalom, as soloist. Recordings were made during the rehearsals and concert, and you can watch the trailer below to see highlights of the concert, as well as see fragments of interviews by the composer, conductor Conrad van Alphen, and soloist Jan Rokyta.

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Mahler, Symphony X

Complete Chronological Transcriptions of the Sketches, Short Scores and Orchestral Drafts of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony Nº X, edited by Frans Bouwman, now published by Donemus!
This transcription endeavors to provide an insight into the chronology of Mahler’s notation, to help clarify the development of Mahler’s own ideas and thus provide a scholarly grounding upon which future editors may base their editorial (and possibly compositional) decisions. Presented here for the first time in its entirety, it eschews any additions that did not originate from Mahler himself. It is intended as an easily accessible and comprehensible reference work for the music scholar, aspiring conductor or Mahler devotee.

Why this transcription?
Seven fully-fledged performing versions of Gustav Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony have now been published, all of which have been commercially recorded at least once. These efforts, together with recent books and articles on the subject, indicate an unabated interested in Mahler’s unfinished Tenth Symphony. This transcription endeavors to provide an insight into the chronology of Mahler’s notation, to help clarify the development of Mahler’s own ideas and thus provide a scholarly grounding upon which future editors may base their editorial (and possibly compositional) decisions. Presented here for the first time in its entirety, it eschews any additions that did not originate from Mahler himself. It is intended as an easily accessible and comprehensible reference work for the music scholar, aspiring conductor or Mahler devotee.

Volumes
The present edition consists of three volumes:
Volume 1 presents chronological transcriptions of the orchestral drafts; occasionally, owing to lack of space in the supplementary Volume 2, Volume 1 also presents segments of the short scores.
Volume 2 is the supplementary volume, which contains the earlier stages of composition, plus chronological graphs of all the known manuscript material.
Volume 3 (i.e., the present volume) contains:
• Tables with descriptions of the manuscript pages.
• A detailed commentary about discrepancies among the sources, following the layout of the latest compositional stage (the orchestral draft, unless otherwise noted).

Reading the manuscript
The purpose of this edition is to present Mahler’s notation without editorial bias. The symphony was composed at great speed – the entire body of the manuscript was probably amassed in less than three months – and in the process of moving from preliminary sketches to increasingly elaborate drafts Mahler was not always precise, relying on experience to clarify some passages at a later stage (which would occasionally entail the crafting of necessary and appropriate counterpoint).

The most frequent difficulties in deciphering the manuscripts concern the legibility of the written pitches. Generally there are two types of problems:
• A clearly legible note that is apparently wrong.
• An ambiguously legible note that could be either right or wrong.

This edition does not eliminate seemingly obvious mistakes: it accurately presents what is evident in the manuscript and problematic places are discussed in the ‘Detailed commentary’.

Scholar Edition (three books) is available for € 202,50 (excl. VAT)

The Luxury Edition is available for € 285,00 (excl. VAT)

Maxim Shalygin – ballet ‘De zaak Carmen’

After the successful dance productions of Swan Lake and The Odyssey, choreographer Lonneke van Leth now presents “De zaak Carmen”. An impressive performance of 37 dancers, newly composed music by Maxim Shalygin, performed live by 11 musicians of the New European Ensemble, and a text written for the occasion by Martijn de Rijk for one actor and 24 singers… 

From August 25-27 at the Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague there will be an exciting contemporary adaptation of Bizet’s classic opera, Carmen. After the successful dance productions of Swan Lake and The Odyssey, choreographer Lonneke van Leth now presents “De zaak Carmen”. The murder of Carmen has been resolved as soon as she was committed; her lover Don José confesses. However, the attorney-general cannot let go of the matter. Even in death, Carmen drags him into the darkness of the human mind: a place full of violence, longing, and alienation. An impressive performance of 37 dancers, newly composed music by Maxim Shalygin, performed live by 11 musicians of the New European Ensemble, and a text written for the occasion by Martijn de Rijk for one actor and 24 singers. All this in a setting by visual artist Vincent de Kooker.

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Welcome at Donemus, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky!

Donemus is honored to welcome Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, who has just signed a framework agreement with us. Rabinovitch-Barakovsky is acclaimed by critics and audiences as one of today’s most interesting composers, as a first-rate conductor, and as a gripping musical personality… 

Donemus is honored to welcome Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, who has just signed a framework agreement with us. Rabinovitch-Barakovsky is acclaimed by critics and audiences as one of today’s most interesting composers, as a first-rate conductor, and as a gripping musical personality. He is one of the first composers of minimalism, and since 1969 has connected the minimalist vision with a spiritual quest.

On June 30, July 1 and 2, Rabinovitch-Barakovsky’sRécit de voyage‘ (1976) for violin, cello, marimba, and piano, dedicated to the master-pianist Alexey Lubimov, will be used in the final section, ‘Marimba Dances‘, of a spectacular ballet evening with young choreographers by the Bayerische Staatsballet. The performances are part of the prestigious Munich Opera Festival.

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Highlighted Composer: Marijn Simons

On July 30, Marijn Simons’ ‘Chamber Concerto’ will be premiered at the Delft Chamber Music Festival. Performers will be Liza Ferschtman and Colin Currie, among others. Other upcoming premieres include ‘Quartet’ and ‘Étoile de la mer’… 

On July 30, Marijn Simons’ ‘Chamber Concerto‘ will be premiered at the Delft Chamber Music Festival. Performers will be Liza Ferschtman and Colin Currie, among others. The composer about his latest work: “There is no score of ‘Chamber Concerto’, since every musician must play his or her part in an independent tempo from the others and without any synchronization. Thus creating a ‘Chamber Concerto’ for four soloists, each one playing his or her part with a maximum of individual expression, intensity and stage presence.

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Upcoming premieres and projects

After the success of Simons’ first opera, ‘Emilia Galotti‘, the Koblenz Theatre has commissioned a new piece from him, this time a ballet based on Heiner Müller’s ‘Quartet‘, choreography by Steffen Fuchs. Music will be performed by the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie and Mino Marani. The world premiere is on September 20, 2017. The last two performances, on December 20 and 29, will be conducted by the composer himself.

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On May 18, 2018, the Netherlands Radio Choir and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic will perform Simons’ newly commissioned ‘Étoile de la mer‘.

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Marijn Simons’ ‘Symphony no. 2‘ has just been released on iTunes.

The symphony has traversed its path toward, through, and past Mahler to arrive at a place of timeless wonder – the depot’s props fallen into dust, its doors thrown open to the morning sun.” – Christopher Hailey

 

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Highlighted Composer: Dmitri Kourliandski

Dmitri Kourliandski, who has recently signed a framework agreement with Donemus, will be well-represented in the music scene in the month of June. His ‘Octavia. Trepanation’ and ‘Maps of non-existent cities.bern’ will have their world premiere and his performance-installation, Commedia delle arti, will be at the prestigious Venice biennale in the Russian pavilion… 

Dmitri Kourliandski, who has recently signed a framework agreement with Donemus, will be well-represented in the music scene in the month of June.

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On June 15 and 16, Dmitri Kourliandski’s new opera, Octavia. Trepanation, will have its world premiere at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ during the Holland Festival. The opera is a collaboration between the composer and director Boris Yukhananov, the artistic director of Moscow’s Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. The opera investigates the bloody mechanisms of the Russian revolution. They call it an “opera-operation.” On stage is a giant replica of Lenin’s head, whose skull is trepanned. Kourliandski’s music consists of socialist hymns stretched out in time, texts by the Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky and excerpts from Octavia, a play attributed to Seneca about the Roman emperor Nero. Is art capable of explaining tyranny?

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The Italian magazine Classic Voice recently named Kourliandski among the top 100 leading composers of the century. This year, his performance-installation, Commedia delle arti, will be at the prestigious Venice Biennale in the Russian pavilion. At the entrance to the Pavilion, visitors can pick-up “score-instructions” that can be followed to create a dialogue between the artist, the visitor, and the outside world.

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On July 1 and 2, the world premiere of maps of non-existent cities. bern by Ensemble Proton Bern under the direction of Matthias Kuhn will take place at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland. The piece takes place within the exhibition “Die Revolution ist tot. Lang lebe die Revolution!”. The piece will be a key work within the program, and Dmitri Kourliandski will reflect upon the question, “is revolution still alive today?”

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Donemus at the Holland Festival!

This year, from June 8-22, many Donemus composers will be featured at the Holland Festival. Take a look at the list below to see when and where your favorite composers’ pieces will be performed! 

This year, from June 8-22, many Donemus composers will be featured at the Holland Festival. While most concerts at the Holland Festival will take place at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, in honor of the Holland Festival’s 70th anniversary, there will also be a special concert series taking place at Splendor in Amsterdam sponsored by the Weeshuis van de Nederlandse Muziek, an organization which aims to perform forgotten or seldom-played Dutch music of the 20th century. Take a look at the list below to see when and where your favorite composers’ pieces will be performed!

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Dancing on Canto Ostinato

Last month, from May 18-21, the famous minimal piece Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt could be heard in the dance production HELLO SURPRISE by Yuki Mori in the Schauspielhaus of the Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). Festival Classique will also feature the music of Simeon ten Holt in the upcoming cross-over dance performance, SIMEON, premiering on June 22 in The Hague… 

Last month, from May 18-21, the famous minimal piece Canto Ostinato by Simeon ten Holt could be heard in the dance production HELLO SURPRISE by Yuki Mori in the Schauspielhaus of the Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). The piece could be heard in the section of the dance production called Loops, and as the title suggests, Loops is based on the idea of circle, streaming, and continuous movement. In the center of the production is a separated pair, a man and a woman, whose emotional world and memories are tracked in individual snapshots. Mori unfolds an emotional stream of images that revolves around the themes of happiness, closeness, and separateness, developing in a symbolic yet realistic way, and always touching on inevitable episodes of the fear and charm that is part of opening up to another person.

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Festival Classique will also feature the music of Simeon ten Holt in the upcoming cross-over dance performance, SIMEON, premiering on June 22 in The Hague. The performance will include the music of Canto Ostinato as well as a lesser-known piece by Ten Holt, Lemniscaat. The Matangi Quartet will play special string quartet versions of both pieces which will accompany the choreography by Kalpana Raghuraman.

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Looking back at Classical:NEXT!

Donemus took part in an inspiring few days last week at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam! There were many meetings with businesses and individuals from all over the world, great concerts, and thought-provoking conferences… 

Donemus took part in an inspiring few days last week at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam! There were many meetings with businesses and individuals from all over the world, great concerts, and thought-provoking conferences. Donemus is proud to have had three of its composers featured as part of Classical:NEXT’s showcases: Ned McGowan, Jan-Peter de Graaff, and Brendan Faegre.

Donemus colleague Aleksandra Markovic took part in a panel discussion about the changing role of the modern-day music publisher, and Heather Pinkham held a roundtable mentoring session for composers seeking to improve their professional skills. All in all, it was a productive and stimulating couple of days, and we hope to continue the conversations and collaborations that were started in Rotterdam throughout the year!

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