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Album : for piccolo (solo and various instruments) / W. Boogman, V. Lann, N. McGowan, P-J. van Rossum, C. Rumondor, A. Segall, B. Spaan; Initiated and edited by Ilonka Kolthof

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Mixed ensemble (2-12 players)
Scoring: picc / picc elec / picc pf / picc mar

à Hanso-bo, un corbeau apparaît et regarde : for ensemble / Piet-Jan van Rossum

Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Large ensemble (12 or more players)
Scoring: fl fl-a ob 3cl fg cfg 2h tpt trb-b tb perc hp str

Attendre longtemps, je suis sans identité : for ensemble, 2007 / Piet-Jan van Rossum

Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Large ensemble (12 or more players)
Scoring: fl-b cl cl(cl-b) h 2pf perc 2vl vla vc cb

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aardhand : for ensemble / Piet-Jan van Rossum

Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Large ensemble (12 or more players)
Scoring: picc/fl fl-a cl-b/cl sax-s sax-a h tpt 2trb tb g-e g-b pf perc



Rossum, Piet-Jan van

Nationality: Netherlands
Date of birth: 1966-01-25
Website: Featured Composer's Page ; Officiële website

Piet-Jan van Rossum (25/01/66) studied composition with Louis Andriessen, Jan Boerman and Dick Raaymakers as well as the organ with Rienk Jiskoot.
Van Rossum above all directs his attention to composing and writing. In his own words:
“I look upon myself as a storyteller, as a member of an ancient tribe of shy, wild
people who, through stories, sometimes succeed to create another way of
experiencing time. My work comprises life as I live it: a piece of wood full of
splinters, chunks of beauty and the fracturing or lack of it: lots of waiting,
silences. This explains my fascination with scratched movies, lazy eyes, a broken voice, old gramophone-records. It’s all about looking for a novel
beauty in the corrosion of an old (sound)world.”

Since 2014, he is a (band) member of lunatree, composing programmes with Arnold Marinissen and handling the electronics.
With director and visual artist Petra van der Schoot he founded music theatre group Zoogdier, creating a large production every 4 years (2007/11/15), collaborating with among others Barbara Duijfjes, Reinier van Houdt, Slagwerk Den Haag and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.
In 2010 he was composer in focus at November Music resulting in the publication all and beyond by the festival.
He has been chairman of Componisten 96, an association for composers, and recently accomplished the merger with composers association Geneco, resulting in a stronger and more professional Nieuw Geneco.
He is also chairman of the board at the Ives ensemble.

Piet-Jan is a film – and bookcollector. His 80-reel collection of nitrate silent movies, some of them considered lost, are now kept at the Eye Filmmuseum.
His lifelong interest in theology leads him to monasteries once in a while, making the unimaginable and the unseen regular subjects in his work.
Next to 81 compositions he wrote 2 small books and made 1 movie.

Most of his works are for unusual combinations of instruments; special
ensembles were formed for special occasions. Next to that he has been and will be played by, a.o.: the Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, the David Kweksilber Bigband, MAE, slagwerk Den Haag, ASKO/Schönberg ensemble, the Ives ensemble, Lunatree (Lunapark), Ludwig, the Veni ensemble Bratislawa, ensemble Alpha Tokyo, ensemble <mmm> Tokyo, Egidius kwartet, Ralph van Raat, Reinier van Houdt and Arnold Marinissen.

Born in Delft (NL), since 2013 he divides his time between the Brabant countryside and Brussels.


Piet-Jan van Rossum wordt op 25 januari in Delft geboren.


In december bezoekt Van Rossum op uitnodiging van het Alpha Contemporary Ensemble Japan voor lezingen en uitvoering van zijn werk.

2005 - 2008

Zijn werk 'Annette dans l'atelier' is geselecteerd en uitgevoerd op de ISCM-dagen 2006 in Stuttgart. Van Rossum werkt regelmatig samen met beeldend kustenaar Petra van der Schoot; het werk 'Angel Alley' wordt uitgevoerd op de ICMC-dagen 2007 in Kopenhagen. In oktober 2007 is hij gastcomponist en –spreker op het Festival Hedendaagse Muziek in Bratislava, Slowakije en in januari 2008 werkt hij op uitnodiging in de elektronische studio te Visby, Zweden. 'Attendre longtemps, je suis sans identité...' wordt als één van de beste 10 werken van het jaar geselecteerd voor Toonzetters 2008. Petra van der Schoot en Piet-Jan van Rossum schrijven het muziektheater 'Aantekeningen van een zoogdier'.


Het Zwols Kameropera-festival geeft Petra van der Schoot en van Rossum de opdracht voor een nieuw werk voor 2011. 'Ain't no sunshine' wordt door Nederland geselecteerd voor de ISCM-dagen 2010 in Sydney, Australië. Op het November Festival in Den Bosch is Piet-Jan van Rossum composer in residence.