Wagemans, Peter-Jan

The music of Peter-Jan Wagemans is typical of the Rotterdam School, together with that of Otto Ketting and Klaas de Vries. In an interview with Emile Wennekes, Wagemans described the ...

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Octet : opus 16, 1980 / Peter-Jan Wagemans

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1980
Publisher's number: 02313
Genre: Chamber music
Instruments: 2cl 2fg 2vl vla vc
Remarks: Voor 2 klarinetten (2e tevens basklarinet), 2 fagotten, 2 violen, altviool en cello. - Tijdsduur: ca. 12'
Duration: 12'00"
Number of players: 8
Year of composition: 1980
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Pesante, molto ritmico
Program note (English): While the Romance and Muziek I were created out of positive experiences in music making, the Octet came about as a result of less pleasant events. In 1979 I wrote a work which was commissioned by a chamber choir which made a great deal of fuss and finally refused to sing the work because it has some duets for two voices. A solo duet is not a chamber choir was basically the problem. Apart from the sheer frustration I also had the unpleasant feeling that it was never going to be sung. (Time showed that this was too black a view; in 1982 the Dutch Chamber Choir performed the piece really well). A year later I decided to arrange the work for 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons and a string quartet. On 7th May 1981 the arrangement was premiered by an ensemble from the Royal Conservatory, led by Jacques Holtman. The differences between the choral work and the arrangement are primarily those of the first movement where the strings take the voice parts. The string parts have been extended substantially. The first movement is in the form of an organum of the Notre-Dame school; an organum on long-held stable pitches, a clausula where the parts are polyphonically related, and one part in unison (in the Notre-Dame period this would have been a Gregorian section). This whole part, organum, clausula and Gregorian, is played three times. The second, third and fourth movements belong together, separated only by a small break. They are three little machines, bits turning out one single musical structure. Formally speaking, the second and the fourth movements are cross-referenced so that a unity is achieved. The last movement has as its most important music a chorale and some elements from the first movement. The chords used are directly derived from the opening chords of the movement- 1. organums. As a result of a few really fine performances of the work, including the one recorded here, I have come to see the Octet as leading its own existence and I am unable to say whether I prefer the original work or the arrangement; I like both. - PETER-JAN WAGEMANS

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