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MONUMENTUM – Roland Emile Kuit

On May 21 at 0.00h Roland Kuit gives the world premiere on YouTube of his MONUMENTUM, In memory of all the victims who died as a result of epidemics worldwide…   

For Roland Kuit, the starting point was to create sounds to the 40 largest pandemics in history using the Kyma system, a super computer for the creation of, among other things, all kinds of synthesis forms. Roland Kuit developed a new model for each pandemony that forms a viral network.

This 4.2 hour work should be sent out to 4 sound pillars that distribute the microtonal frequencies quadraphonically, creating a spatial movement. Tomorrow morning at 00:00 a YouTube premiere (stereo) of this sound art.

Research, imagination and association in a technical way made Roland Kuit write his books about combining synthesis techniques. Lecturing at diverse universities and creating radio programs about electronic music giving him a platform to discuss his conceptual worlds.

He performs on concert stages and in art galleries and museums. His books and music are published by Donemus, Publishing House of Dutch Contemporary Classical Music.

More about Roland Kuit

Meeting Point – Calliope Tsoupaki

Calliope Tsoupaki composed Meeting Point as a poetic statement in this era of social distancing. By doing so she wants to express that the distance that now arises between us can be bridged by music and love. In order to give her message extra eloquence, she has made a video clip of her new work, with the director Michael Middelkoop and the dancer/choreographer Shay Latukolan…   

Calliope Tsoupaki plays her own composition on a grand piano in a deserted location between tall buildings. The dancer Shay Latukolan passes her, forced by the corona crisis, from a distance. A wordless bond develops between the passers-by.

“I composed Meeting Point caught in the Corona crisis months of social distancing and isolation. The protective measures are becoming less austere. We dare to face each other again and hope that we will catch up with our lives soon. After all there is no distance between us when it comes to music, when it comes to love.” Calliope Tsoupaki, Componist des Vaderlands.

Director Michael Middelkoop invited dancer and choreographer Shay Latukolan to give a free interpretation of a deserted location. The film is a HEAT production, commissioned by Buma and CISAC. Special thanks to Maene-Ypma pianos. The score of Meeting Point can be downloaded for free from www.componistdesvaderlands.nl. This was made possible with the help of Donemus.

CREDITS

Composer & Artist: Calliope Tsoupaki
Director: Michael Middelkoop
Production: HEAT and LUSTR
Dancer: Shay Latukolan
Producer: Luc de Kock
Production Assistance: Merle Keller
Audio engineer: Tom Gelissen
Director of Photography: Zeeger Verschuren
1st Assistant Camera: Maric Dam
Steady Cam: Jasper van Gheluwe
Editing: Maarten Ernest
Grading: Ruben Labree

Link to the free score

Virtual concert European Union to Mongolia presents Canto Ostinato

On May 16th, the delegation of the European Union to Mongolia marks Europe Day and the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration with a variety of activities. In a virtual concert, a fragment of Simeon ten Holt – Canto Ostinato was presented to an online audience…   

Virtual Classical Music Concert has been streamed live on our YouTube channel on 16 May 18:00 with a video message from the EU Ambassador and the Foreign Minister of Mongolia. The Concert plays famous musical pieces from European Union Member States as well as the anthem of the European Union and Mongolia. The concert will be also screened on the Mongolian UBS TV channel.

More about the Europe Day 2020 in Mongolia

Support the Foundation Donemus

Behind the scenes of many beautiful concerts is the work of music publisher Donemus, with a catalogue of 15,000 scores by 600 composers. Donemus is an indispensable link between composers and performers and thus the audience, in more than 80 countries…   

[Dutch:] Achter de schermen van veel prachtige concerten gaat het werk schuil van muziekuitgeverij Donemus. De catalogus telt 15.000 partituren van 600 Nederlandse componisten, waarvoor uitgavecontracten met componisten en erven zijn geregelden waarvoor kwalitatief hoogwaardige partituren worden gemaakt door specialisten. Nieuw en bestaand repertoire brengt Donemus dagelijks onder de aandacht in binnen- en buitenland.

Alle muzikale parels vinden hun weg naar de lessenaars van musici, ensembles, orkesten en dirigenten. Donemus is een onmisbare schakel tussen Nederlandse componisten en uitvoerenden en daarmee het publiek in meer dan 80 landen.

Het Covid19-virus heeft wereldwijd geleid tot een kaalslag in de uitvoeringspraktijk. En daarmee wordt ook Donemus hard getroffen. Wat als al die muziekwerken straks niet meer beschikbaar zijn? Eenvoudigweg omdat niemand meer op de rechten let en niemand ze aan de man brengt. Alsof je een Kandinsky op een onvindbare plaats in een duister depot hangt.

Zonder Donemus een groot verlies aan orkest-, kamer- en koormuziek. Een verlies aan opera’s en balletmuziek. En een zwijgend gat in ons muzikale erfgoed. Donemus wil klaar staan om straks, als er weer meer ruimte komt, al die bijzondere werken nog steeds beschikbaar te hebben. Die prachtige composities verdienen het om blijvend te worden gehoord. Ook in de toekomst.

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Jan Rokus van Roosendael (1960-2005) again in the spotlight

On 6 May 2020 it will be sixty years since Jan Rokus van Roosendael, one of the leading Dutch composers of his generation, was born. He left behind a very versatile oeuvre that is still important, especially right now. His interest in bringing together world music and modern classical music fits in seamlessly with trends in our contemporary pluriform society. On the occasion of his sixtieth birthday, there is now a YouTube channel in which his music, which still amply deserves a place in contemporary concert programs, is once again in the limelight…   

Each phase of Van Roosendael’s career produces other interesting music. In his early works, such as Facetten (1981) and Chamber Music (1982), he is still searching for his way and tries to give his great examples, including Igor Strawinsky, a place, without losing his voice.

From the late eighties onwards he searched for other sources and eventually ended up with non-Western cultures. Especially the cyclical form and rhythmic principles from countries like India and Indonesia made a great impression on him. In that phase, he created his musical universe in which modal elements and musical concepts from other cultures found a place. This resulted in works such as Tala (1987) and Windows (1996).

In his compositions after 1996, he was inspired by Western European vocal polyphony and church music from before 1600. Also in his instrumental music from this period, religious sensitivity is evident.

Van Roosendael’s complete oeuvre can be heard as his life course. My music is the philosophy of life’, he once said. 

A YouTube channel Jan Rokus van Roosendael will be launched on his birthday. It will be supplemented in this year of remembrance.

 The double CD Static Motion (Attacca, 2008) with an overview of the composer’s most important works is available via the website www.janrokusvanroosendael.com.

Photo Marco Borggreve

Works of Jan Rokus van Roosendael at Donemus

Quarantine music by Amos Elkana

Israeli composer Amos Elkana writes several compositions as ‘Quarantine music’. This is a series of works for solo instruments with multiple parts. It can be played by a single musician recording each part and then combining them or by multiple musicians each playing one of the parts…   

In a concert situation, a single player (or more) can play one of the parts while the remaining prerecorded parts played back through speakers.

Quarantine music nº 1, for flute, is made up of four parts that are played through without break. the first and second parts are generally repetitive but with changes here and there. The third part is freer and in a more improvisatory style although written out completely. The fourth begins with long harmonies and goes back to the beginning music in the end.

“Zanshin”, (Quarantine Music nº 2) is for contrabass a cappella. It has four roles and is in three movements.
Zanshin is the state when the mind is fully vigilant and aware of its surroundings; when the mind remains still without being attached to anything and is totally present during every moment and action in the here and now.

Quarantine Music nº 1 at the Donemus catalogue

Quarantine Music nº 2 at the Donemus catalogue

Dr. Stephen Loy on the ‘Nine Symphonies of Beethoven’ by L. Andriessen

Louis Andriessen composed De Negen Symfonieën van Beethoven voor Promenade Orkest en Yscobel1 in 1970 as a musical contribution to the Beethoven bicentenary celebrations of that year. Written during a period of social and political upheaval in many western nations, including Andriessen’s native Holland, the work constitutes one of Andriessen’s many musical contributions to social and political discourse concerning both local and global issues…   

The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven also represents a significant moment in Louis Andriessen’s œuvre, after which he was to question and subsequently refashion his approach to socio-politically engaged composition. A parodic collage of Beethoven quotations, The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven presents an abrasive postmodernist critique of aspects of musical tradition and concert practice, prior to his ensuing development of more constructive musical manifestations of his social and political convictions.

As an intersection between one of the central pillars of the Western musical tradition and Andriessen’s socio-political commitment, The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven is representative of the artistic consideration of the meaning and significance of tradition to radical socio-political contemporary artworks. This was a concern of many artists of the period.

Stephen Loy wrote a great study on this work, that can be downloaded for free.

Dr. Stephen Loy is a Lecturer Musicology at the Australian National University. His research interests range across a variety of areas, taking in both the study of Western art music of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as popular music studies. A particular research interest is the interaction between the experimental avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s and aspects of the popular music of the period. He has worked on many projects.

Download: Loy – Nice Symphonies Andriessen.

Some positive news during difficult times

Last weeks Donemus could pay composers their royalties. Davo van Peursen: “We’re happy that Donemus is standing strong. Many concerts are cancelled, but we still get some new orders daily. We’re working on future plans and hope to share more soon”…   

Together with composers and musicians, Donemus is now investing time in its label ‘Donemus Composers’ Voice. New recordings, delivered by composers and musicians are distributed world wide through Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and many more. Over 200 releases can be found at all kinds of digital platforms. Audio is a great promotion tool and it generates some income as well.

Today Donemus  released the 4 bagatelles of Dmitri Kourliandski, performed by the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble! Donemus split any revenues to the musicians (50%), composer (25%) and Donemus (25%).

If you like, contact us (davo@donemus.nl) so we can publish your audio as well…

Choose your preferred music server to listen to Dmitri Kourliandski.

 

Calliope Tsoupaki – Inner Life by Saskia Lankhoorn at Podium Witteman

The famous Dutch TV show ‘Podium Witteman’ will continue this time with special broadcasts around a theme. They kick off with the theme ‘Alone’. With contributions by Paul Witteman, Floris Kortie and Mike Boddé. And a new work by Calliope Tsoupaki, ‘Laureate composer of the Netherlands’, performed by pianist Saskia Lankhoorn…   

Shortly after the corona virus paralysed our public life, Laureate Composer Calliope Tsoupaki wrote the piano piece Inner Life, subtitled ‘A Piece for Courage and Hope’ and with a short message: “Amsterdam 18 March 2020, home because of the Corona crisis. A musical wish for everyone: Like a lotus flower blossoms in murky water, I wish that our inner life will continue to blossom in these difficult and uncertain times”.

Laureate Composer Calliope Tsoupaki wants to use the power of music to offer comfort in this time of global crisis. Because mankind needs beauty to get through the crisis. Tsoupaki has written this meditative piece for piano solo.

Pianist Saskia Lankhoorn will play the premiere in the television programme Podium Witteman from her living room on Sunday 29 March. Calliope Tsoupaki made two versions of Inner Life.

Download the score for free!

Inner Life – original version

Inner Life (short version)

Read more at the website of Podium Witteman

Update on the Coronavirus

The Dutch government announced a decision that has a strong impact on premieres, concerts and other public events. All gatherings with estimated more than 100 visitors should be postponed. This affects the world premiere of the opera of Willem Jeths – Ritratto, the world premiere of Elmer Schönberger – Gezien Hercules Segers and the world premiere of Patrick van Deurzen – SURA Cantate, as well as other concerts planned for the upcoming weeks…   

We deeply express our sympathy to all composers and musicians that have to deal with these disappointments. We hope and pray for better times. Above all, we hope that these measures will curb the further spread of the Covid-19 virus, and keep the public safe and healthy.

Following the official recommendation, the Donemus team will work from home till March 31.