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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  1. Canto Ostinato : voor toetsinstrumenten, 1976-79 / Simeon ten Holt
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  3. Heroic Elegy : for violoncello and piano / Nimrod Borenstein
  4. Es war einmal ein König (uit Ur-Faust) : for recorder, viola, violoncello and piano / Chiel Meijering
  5. Horó/Xopo : for amplified chamber ensemble / Peter Kerkelov
  6. L' indifférent : pour quatuor à cordes, 1969, gereconstrueerde versie (2002) / Hendrik Andriessen
  7. .., e poi c’era… : Symphony Nº 1 / Luc Brewaeys
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  9. Liturgien [Rilke-Trakl-Hölderlin] : voor kamerkoor / Daan Manneke; poems by Georg Trakl, Rainer Maria Rilke and Friedrich Hölderlin
  10. Reddingsboei (Life Belt) : for bassoon / Rieteke Hölscher