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Janssen, Guus

General: Guus Janssen, born on May 13, 1951 in Heiloo, is a Dutch composer of contemporary music and a recording artist. Education: Guus Janssen studied composition with Ton de Leeuw and ...

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Octet : for five wind instruments and three string instruments, (1978) / Guus Janssen

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1984
Publisher's number: 02305
Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Wind and string instrument(s)
Instruments: cl fg h trp trb vl vc cb
Remarks: Voor klarinet, fagot, hoorn, trompet, trombone, viool, cello en contrabas. - In opdracht van het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. - Cop. 1979. - Tijdsduur: ca. 11'
Duration: 11'00"
Number of players: 8
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
Program note (English): In Octet, a diatonic motif is used in such a way that it results in music which alternately tends towards tonality, and moves far away from it. Between these two extremes, all sorts of con\-frontations occur. To achieve the utmost openness, avoiding as much as possible a strict, compelling structure, a montage form of short, small movements was taken as a starting point.
Openness also results from the monophony of the piece, and all polyphony arises out of developing this monophony (including heterophony). The ensemble consists of two contrasting, symmetric trios: violin, cello and double bass, versus trumpet, French horn and trombone, and is completed by clarinet and bassoon, which, in terms of tone colour, can establish various kinds of bridges between the two trios. - GUUS JANSSEN

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