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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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Klang : opus 24, voor orkest, 1985/86 / Peter-Jan Wagemans

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1987
Publisher's number: 03441
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: 2pic(fl) 2fl 2ob eh eh(ob) cl-pic 2cl cl-b 3fg cfg 2h 4wag-tb 4perc g-b pf(cel) str
Remarks: Cop. 1986. - Tijdsduur: 20'
Duration: 20'00"
Year of composition: 1986
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
Program note (English): The most important aspect of Klang is: sound, in a layered form. The idea arose while reading a book on the making of the animation film Pinocchio in the Walt Disney Studios. A multiplane camera was utilized. The animated film is formed by a number of glass plates, on which parts of the setting has been painted. These plates are set up in such a way that a feeling of depth is created in the picture. For this working method (used in a more intellectual manner by Salvador Dali) to be translated into sound, I composed a several musicalities which are place against each other: one as an accompaniment to the other one, another one further away, etc. until at the most complicated moments total sound built from six different existing layers is achieved. Against this moving sound there is a static one: the piece starts with two blocks of chords which resonate for a long period. The begins, as it were with naming its own name: klang or kloeng. These block chords develop into the long
slot chorus, in which all aspects of the work come together. Next to these two main points a long, one-voice melody, which is entirely instrumented in grouped sounds which provides a mysterious character. Characteristic for the instrumentation of the complete work is the continuing use of group sounds ; a solo instrument is infrequent. As a result, a woolly, somewhat mystic atmosphere arises, which reinforces the ritual, blocklike character of the work (inspiration for the work is Ritual by Pierre Boulez). Finally Klang refers to Franz Schreker's opera Der Ferne Klang; the distant consonance of Schreker is also briefly cited and served further as an inspiration source for the work. I wanted to created a distant sound that goes further than Schreker's late romantic, and in this way bring the dream of the protagonist, Fritz the composer, to life. - P.-J. WAGEMANS

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