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Highlighted composer: Yannis Kyriakides

From May 12-21, Ein Schemen, by Yannis Kyriakides, will be performed by Remy van Kesteren (electric harp) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Peter Dijkstra. This piece is a result of a commission of the Nederlands Kamerkoor & Remy van Kesteren. Also, he has just released a much-lauded double CD and book, SUBVOICE, on UNSOUNDS… 

From May 12-21, Ein Schemen by Yannis Kyriakides will be performed by Remy van Kesteren (electric harp) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor, conducted by Peter Dijkstra. This piece is a result of a commission of the Nederlands Kamerkoor & Remy van Kesteren. There will be 6 performances at many of the main concert halls in The Netherlands, including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, and the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, among others.

Ein Schemen is a reworking of Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The seven movements, which flow seamlessly from one another, are each based on the corresponding movement from the original Brahms’ Requiem. The music focuses on a small number of elements from the original material and stretches it out into a landscape. Time is suspended and the listener can navigate in the space, moving through traces of Brahms. The music of the harp which frames the choir parts, is an encoding of the original texts from the Requiem. It creates a perspective on the static flow of the choir and electronic parts which changes gradually through the piece. The title of this recomposition is a quote from a line in part III: ‘ Sie gehen daher wie ein Schemen.’ ‘Ein Schemen’ is an old German word for shadow or apparition, probably derived from the Latin word ‘Schema’. The composer finds it an apt word to use in this context because it reflects the nature of this piece. It is both about the connection of the living to the dead, and at the same time, it says something about the relation of this piece to the original work of Brahms. It is composed in its shadow and it is permeated by his notes as ghostly presences.

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Upcoming premieres and projects

June 1 – Breakneck: new video score for Ensemble MAZE – Bimhuis, Amsterdam

June 26 – The Musicians of Dourgouti: 6 instruments and media for Ensemble Artefact – Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece

September 7 – for Trombone & Barges: piece for trombone and electronics on 3 canal boats for BCMG – Birmingham, England

September 21-24 – Ode to Man: for 4 female voice and electronics – Part of Homo Instrumentalis, musictheatre by Silbersee – Ruhr Triennale, Germany

August 27-September 4 – visiting professorship at the International Young Composers Academy in Tchaikovsky City, Russia.

 

Recent CD releases

Yannis Kyriakides has just released a much-lauded double CD and book, SUBVOICE, on UNSOUNDS. SUBVOICE is a collection of nine recent works: Words and Song Without Words, Paramyth, Toponymy, Music for Viola, Circadian Surveillance, Der Komponist, Testudo, Politicus, and Oneiricon. These works represent an investigation into ideas of voice and language. The music is built on traces of voices and texts that seem to speak or sing in an intimate form of dialogue, either as text that is directly encoded into music, or in traces of voice that are embedded and dissolved into the musical fabric.

Donemus at Classical:NEXT

Donemus will be present this year at the international networking event Classical:NEXT in De Doelen, Rotterdam, from May 17-20. We will share a stand with Nieuw Geneco and VMN, among others, in the main hall of De Doelen, next to the Dutch Pavilion. Furthermore, after the successful premiere of ‘De Grens’ by Jan-Peter de Graaff last month, there will follow a second performance of the piece on May 18 during the Lunch with the Residents segment of the conference… 

Donemus will be present this year at the international networking event Classical:NEXT in De Doelen, Rotterdam, from May 17-20. Heather Pinkham, promoter of composers and repertoire, will hold a roundtable discussion in which she will mentor young composers who are seeking additional professional skills. In addition, Aleksandra Markovic, manager of new titles and rental/sales manager, will be on the panel of the conference, Developing Role of the Music Publisher in the 21st Century, where she and other members of the panel will talk about how publishers can stay relevant in the age of free exchange of digital content, among other topics. Also present will be managing director, Davo van Peursen, and promoter Valeria Gorokhovskaya.

Donemus will share a stand with Nieuw Geneco and VMN, among others, in the main hall of De Doelen, next to the Dutch Pavilion. Come by and say hello!

Furthermore, after the successful premiere of ‘De Grens‘ by Jan-Peter de Graaff last month, there will follow a second performance of the piece on May 18, during the Lunch with the Residents segment of the conference. For specific information about the location and time, click here.

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Luc Brewaeys – Credeva (in memoriam Franco Donatoni)

Credeva, by Luc Brewaeys, will be performed three times this month in the Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Singel (Antwerp), and BOZAR (Brussels) on May 11, May 14, and May 18, respectively… 

Credeva by Luc Brewaeys was written as a musical adieu by the composer to his teacher, Franco Donatoni. This monumental orchestral piece will be performed three times this month by the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen under Jan Latham-Koenig’s direction in the Concertgebouw (Bruges), De Singel (Antwerp), and BOZAR (Brussels) on May 11, May 14, and May 18, respectively.

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Donemus around the world

This month, Donemus is proud to announce its concerts far and wide, including in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New York! Take a look at this impressive list of concerts taking place just on May 6… 

This month, Donemus is proud to announce its concerts far and wide, including in Japan, Australia, Spain, Germany, and New York! Take a look at this impressive list of concerts taking place just on May 6:

Olga VictorovaAngels Dance at the Tokyo International Forum

Willem Jeths – Recorder Concerto at the Melbourne Recital Centre

Mateo Soto – Habaneras in Ciclo de Habaneras at the Fundación Juan March

Louis AndriessenBallet ‘Faust II’ at the Opernhaus Dortmund

Hendrik Andriessen – Balletsuite at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven

Zaid Jabri – A Garden Among the Flames at Carnegie Hall, New York

 

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Jacques Bank – composer portrait at the Orgelpark Amsterdam

The Orgelpark in Amsterdam honors Jacques Bank’s rich oeuvre of organ music with a composer portrait on May 28. Bank’s music will be performed by the Kamerkoor Ad Parnassum, the Matangi String Quartet, Berend Eijkhout, and Johan Luijmes, among others… 

The Orgelpark in Amsterdam honors Jacques Bank’s rich oeuvre of organ music with a composer portrait on May 28. Bank’s music will be performed by the Kamerkoor Ad Parnassum, the Matangi String Quartet, Berend Eijkhout, and Johan Luijmes, among others.

Programme:
Purcelliana
Een bevroren trompet in Helsinki
The End
Moya’s Song
Vier Lieder ohne Worte
Felix und Clara


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Jan-Peter de Graaff – World premiere of Rimpelingen

The world premiere of the cello concerto Rimpelingen, by the up-and-coming composer Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on May 18 at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam… 

The world premiere of the cello concerto Rimpelingen, by the up-and-coming composer Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on May 18 at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam. The piece is a result of a commission by ASKO|SCHÖNBERG, and was written for cellist Hans Woudenberg.

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Highlighted composer: Patrick van Deurzen

On April 29 in De Doelen, Sinfonia Rotterdam and conductor Conrad van Alphen will perform two Rotterdam Concertos: the world premiere of Rotterdam Concerto no. 6, Invisible Cities, by Patrick van Deurzen with cimbalom player Jan Rokyta, as well as a reprise of Concerto no. 1 by Joey Roukens, with percussionist Colin Currie… 

On April 29 in De Doelen, Sinfonia Rotterdam and conductor Conrad van Alphen will perform two Rotterdam Concertos: the world premiere of Rotterdam Concerto no. 6, Invisible Cities, by Patrick van Deurzen with cimbalom player Jan Rokyta, as well as a reprise of Concerto no. 1 by Joey Roukens, with percussionist Colin Currie.

Invisible Cities is the sixth concerto in the Rotterdam Concerto series. Previous commissions have been given to Ned McGowan (Concerto for iPad), Hans Koolmees (pan flute and recorder), and Vanessa Lann (bassoon).

[The Rotterdam Concertos are] a kind of homage to the city of Rotterdam, where I have lived for over 20 years. One of the interpretations of the many stories in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities is that the different stories actually depict one city, described in many different perspectives. This connects me very well to the city I live in. Apart from that, the stories contain a lot of ideas that I could translate into music. The music itself is not a musical translation of the stories, but I take certain ideas from three particular stories (Mvt. I – Thin cities 5, Mvt. II – Cities & Desire 5, and Mvt. III – Cities & The Dead 3) to shape and create the music. These three stories are my favorite from the book, and they are contrasting enough to build a three-movement work. The movements together actually give the impression of a single movement, since there is no break between the movements.” (Patrick van Deurzen)

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Current and future projects

At the moment, Van Deurzen is working on a music theater work, which has the potential to become a short opera, called “Mancha! Mancha!” based on the characters of Don Quixote and Sancho Pancho, with baritones Henk Neven and Matthijs van der Woerd. It will be an over the top comic – slapstick-like, full of fights and misunderstandings. Dutch novelist Ernst van der Kwast is writing the libretto. The premiere will be in Rotterdam in 2018.

Jan-Peter de Graaff – World Premiere: De Grens

The world premiere of De Grens, a chamber opera by Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on April 22 at Salone dell’Opera in Vught… 

The world premiere of De Grens, a chamber opera by Jan-Peter de Graaff, will take place on April 22 at Salone dell’Opera in Vught. The opera was commissioned by Jonne & Marc Zoutendijk, the latter of whom is a member of the Kunst Stichting Vught and member of Salone dell’Opera in Vught. The commission has been facilitated with financial support through Donemus Publishing’s Compose4You project.

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Matijs de Roo – World Premiere: And the Centuries Surround Me with Fire

On April 6, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, will perform And the Centuries Surround Me with Fire in Hilversum… 

On April 6, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Alexander Vedernikov, will perform And the Centuries Surround Me with Fire in Hilversum. Matijs de Roo was first commissioned to write this piece by the NTR ZaterdagMatinee for violinist Simone Lamsma. It is inspired by the book Diary of a Teenage Girl, composed of blogs written by a teenage girl in Mosul during the armed conflict in Iraq.

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Klas Torstensson – U.S. premieres in Miller Theatre, New York!

On April 27, Sweden’s Ensemble SON teams up with Either/Or to introduce Klas Torstensson, one of the most important voices of Scandinavia and Holland, to New Yorkers. The program will highlight three chamber music works by the composer, all of which will be U.S. premieres: Sönerna, No Slash, and Elliott loves bebop… 

On April 27, Sweden’s Ensemble SON teams up with Either/Or to introduce Klas Torstensson, one of the most important voices of Scandinavia and Holland, to New Yorkers. Championed by conductor Peter Eötvös and celebrated at new music festivals in Huddersfield, Vienna, and Darmstadt, the composer has explored Nordic history and themes in works inspired by the polar seas and Arctic expeditions of yore.

The program will highlight three chamber music works by the composer, all of which will be U.S. premieres: Sönerna, No Slash, and Elliott loves bebop.

Elliott loves bebop consists of two compositions, Sönerna for saxophone, trombone, guitar and percussion, and No slash for violin, violoncello, piano and percussion. First, each of the quartets will perform the seperate pieces. After the intermission the two pieces then will be performed simultaneously: Elliott loves bebop.

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