Veldhuis, Jacob ter

Dutch ‘avant pop’ composer JacobTV started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music; he won the Composition Prize of the Netherlands in 1980. He became a full ...

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Subgenre: Violin
Scoring: vl

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Rainbow concerto : for cello and orchestra, 2002 / JacobTV - Jacob Ter Veldhuis

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 2003
Publisher's number: 10665
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Cello and orchestra
Scoring: fl(pic) fl(fl-a) ob 2cl fg fg(cfg) 4h trp trb trb-b timp perc mar hp str vc-solo
Remarks: In opdracht van het Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest t.g.v. het 25-jarig jubileum van Marien van Staalen. - Opgedragen aan Marien van Staalen. - Cop. MuziekGroep Nederland, 2002. - Tijdsduur: ca. 27'
Duration: 27'00"
Year of composition: 2002
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Program note (English): [Première: February 21, 2003 - De Doelen, Rotterdam - Marien van Staalen, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Lazarev, conducting] - While working on my Rainbow Concerto I often had to think of a horizon, an inaccessible 'there ' that never approaches. There is a vague desire sounding like 'elsewhere' in the first slow movement. Was this possibly that inaccessible paradise? Since I wrote in 2000, the oratorio video Paradiso with Jaap Drupsteen, I have been spellbound by paradise shows. Paradiso is a search for celestial beauty, to harmony, delight and ecstasy, referring to Dante. A fantastic world of eternal happiness, in which suffering and death are nonexistent. In a certain way there are paradise like rosy clouds hanging above this violoncello concert. 'Perpetuity' is sounding in the movement of intervals of seconds and with a total absence of dissonance. The work built up from two movements: a celestial adagio, which fluently proceed in an earthly allegro. My
credo as a composer is simple: I want to compose music that I gladly listen to. And therein, is the contemporary dissonance - that very well known calling card of modernism - hardly any room: it is for me a totally worn out expression tool. I associate the diatonic scale, of which I myself use, with the seven colours of the rainbow. Each of the seven tones has for me a very specific timbre. I frequently wrestle with the term melody: is a non-existent melody possible? Sometimes I concentrate on a single tone and try to elicit melodic inversions. From some of these tones musical 'arcs' arise, outlining contours like a rainbow. Already in 1979, I wrote an orchestral work with the title Rainbow variations. The rainbow obviously intrigues me. Just like music it is fleeting, and in fact an illusion. But I gladly leave these thoughts to the philosophers. - JACOB TER VELDHUIS

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