Reddingsboei (Life Belt)

I wrote Life Belt for the campaign "Save the Bassoon". Comprising three different motifs, the music begins with a sense of threat with the very low tones. This motif is alternated with the motif of the life belt – a short and higher fluctuating melody, as if floating on the water. Finally, there is the motive of the bassoon itself which is developed in two ways to demonstrate the diverse nature of the instrument: a pattern with a lyrical, melodic line, and a pattern with a more airy and funny character. The motives are interchanged and the music ends with the motif of the bassoon, like a happy ending story. Thereby I imagine the IJ in Amsterdam, with large boats, and yourself fallen in the water (with your clothes on) – and then you’ll see this life belt floating on the water and you hope you can reach it just in time. Rieteke Hölscher

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Latest editions

  1. Windows and Oranges : for accordion and string orchestra / Peter Kerkelov
  2. Voetnoten bij de menselijke komedie : Mijmeringen van Arnon Grunberg; for mixed choir and orchestra / Bram Kortekaas; text Arnon Grunberg
  3. Music for Barges : for trombone and sound system on three barges / Yannis Kyriakides
  4. Wahnbrot : Sechs Chorstücke nach Paul Celan / Patrick van Deurzen; lyrics Paul Celan
  5. maps of non-existent cities. donaueschingen : for 14 string players / Dmitri Kourliandski
  6. Preludes : voor piano (Volume III) / G.H.G. von Brucken Fock
  7. Preludes : voor piano (Volume II) / G.H.G. von Brucken Fock
  8. Preludes : voor piano (Volume I) / G.H.G. von Brucken Fock
  9. Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs : for 7 violins / Maxim Shalygin
  10. Spiked Heels Stabbing : for bassoon and piano / Chiel Meijering

Popular works

  1. Canto Ostinato : voor toetsinstrumenten, 1976-79 / Simeon ten Holt
  2. Heroic Elegy : for violoncello and piano / Nimrod Borenstein
  3. Symphony Nº 10 (Unfinished) : Chronological Transcriptions of the Sketches, Short Scores and Orchestral Drafts / Gustav Mahler; Frans Bouwman, editor
  4. L' indifférent : pour quatuor à cordes, 1969, gereconstrueerde versie (2002) / Hendrik Andriessen
  5. Quasi una cadenza : for violin / Nimrod Borenstein
  6. Es war einmal ein König (uit Ur-Faust) : for recorder, viola, violoncello and piano / Chiel Meijering
  7. 24 capriccio's voor viool solo
  8. Dat Mistige Rooie Beest : C version : Bb version : Eb version / Rogier van Otterloo
  9. .., e poi c’era… : Symphony Nº 1 / Luc Brewaeys
  10. Liturgien [Rilke-Trakl-Hölderlin] : voor kamerkoor / Daan Manneke; poems by Georg Trakl, Rainer Maria Rilke and Friedrich Hölderlin