Boundless (Homage to L.B.)

Boundless was commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, who requested a homage to Leonard Bernstein (anticipating the centennial of the great composer/conductor’s birth) that could be programmed alongside L.B.’s Serenade for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion. As I have always admired L.B. ever since I watched the film West Side Story when I was 9 or so, I agreed to write this piece. The instrumentation is basically the same as that of the Serenade, but without the solo violin and with the addition of a keyboard player on celesta and synthesizer. The work is a kind of mini-symphony in three short movements (fast, slow, fast) played attacca (i.e., without breaks). It directly references material from two little piano pieces by L.B.: Nos. 5 and 13 from his last (1988) cycle of Anniversaries - little piano pieces L.B. wrote throughout his life and which he would often pick up and expand in other, larger works, most notably in his Serenade. In my piece, however, the music often moves quite far from the source material, so that most of the time, it is no longer recognizable. (read more)

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  1. Turbolenza di Protoni! : for pan flute and organ / Roderik de Man
  2. Thou single wilt prove none : for voice and electronics / Roderik de Man
  3. Tempi Variabili : for ensemble and electronics / Roderik de Man
  4. Tangente : for viola and accordion / Roderik de Man
  5. Siamo Sardi : for mezzo-soprano, violin (& viola), (contra)bass clarinet and electronics / Roderik de Man
  6. Music for Russian Friends : for flute, violin, bass clarinet and piano / Roderik de Man
  7. Music for Figureheads : for violin and bass clarinet / Roderik de Man
  8. Music for a Maverick : for guitar and electronics / Roderik de Man
  9. Les extrêmes se touchent : for pan flute, guitar and electronics / Roderik de Man
  10. Le Clavecin Illuminé : pour clavecin solo et ensemble de chambre / Roderik de Man

Popular works

  1. Canto Ostinato : voor toetsinstrumenten, 1976-79 / Simeon ten Holt
  2. Odysseus : Ballet Music / Maxim Shalygin; text: Michael de Roo (based on Homer's poem)
  3. Fête-Dieu : per organo, (1918) / Hendrik Andriessen
  4. Elliott loves bebop : for two instrumental quartets / Klas Torstensson
  5. Dat Mistige Rooie Beest : C version : Bb version : Eb version / Rogier van Otterloo
  6. Gloria : for choir and ensemble / Dick Le Mair
  7. Der nächtliche Wanderer : for symphony orchestra / Reinbert de Leeuw
  8. Symphonie Nº 6 'Amsterdamse' : voor orkest / Cornelis Dopper
  9. L' indifférent : pour quatuor à cordes, 1969, gereconstrueerde versie (2002) / Hendrik Andriessen
  10. Miniatures : for bass clarinet / Initiated and edited by Fie Schouten