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. Detroit : for violin and piano / Marijn Simons
  2. Besy (Duivels) : Ballade for bass/baritone and piano / Josef Malkin; text Aleksander Pushkin
  3. Besy (Duivels) : Ballade for bass/baritone and strings / Josef Malkin; text Aleksander Pushkin
  4. Spaanse liederen : voor vrouwenstem en viool / Klaas Govers
  5. De Vliegende Hollander : voor koor, hobo en cello / Klaas Govers
  6. Hölderlin : voor mannenstem en cello, vrouwenstem en cello / Klaas Govers
  7. Serenade : for piano / Jo van den Booren
  8. Catch 22! (Musical Riddle) : Duo for oboe and bassoon / Josef Malkin
  9. Reddingsboei (Life Belt) : for bassoon / Rieteke Hölscher
  10. Escapades : for two violins / Dick Kattenburg

Popular works

  1. Heroic Elegy : for violoncello and piano / Nimrod Borenstein
  2. Symphony Nº 10 (Unfinished) : Chronological Transcriptions of the Sketches, Short Scores and Orchestral Drafts / Gustav Mahler; Frans Bouwman, editor
  3. Forellenquintet : (Trout-quintet) / Pavel Karmanov
  4. Canto Ostinato : voor toetsinstrumenten, 1976-79 / Simeon ten Holt
  5. Sept Mouvements : for violin and viola solo and orchestra / Jan-Peter de Graaff
  6. L' indifférent : pour quatuor à cordes, 1969, gereconstrueerde versie (2002) / Hendrik Andriessen
  7. Nerve : for orchestra, soundtrack and text projection / Yannis Kyriakides
  8. Es war einmal ein König (uit Ur-Faust) : for recorder, viola, violoncello and piano / Chiel Meijering
  9. Concerto Grosso : for wind quartet and ensemble / Jan-Peter de Graaff
  10. Habanera : for piano / Mateo Soto