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Hemel, Oscar van

Oscar van Hemel wordt op 3 augustus geboren in Antwerpen.

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Symphonia 4 : 1962 / Oscar van Hemel

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1962
Publisher's number: 03941
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: 2222 4331 timp perc cel xyl hp str
Remarks: Voor orkest. - Met voorw. - In opdracht van de Stichting Kunstmaand Amsterdam. - Opgedragen aan Jan Huckriede. - Tijdsduur: 18'
Duration: 18'00"
Year of composition: 1962
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Contains:
Allegro moderato
Passacaglia
Scherzo
Allegro con spirito
Description:
Program note (English): 'A short symphony' was the description of the commission. The result of this is a highly contrasting composition in four movements. The dynamic propulation is suddenly curbed in the first movement with its terse main theme by a stable, introvert image, after which the stirring movement again asserts itself. The Passacaglia with its strongly contrasting variations has as its background a twelve-tone bass figure, the second half of which forms the inversion of the first. The third movement is a lively, light-footed Scherzo with a sharp, humorous Trio in duple time. The Finale is characterised by a high degree of movement - initially by lively triplet passages and a little later in conjunction with a virile theme in the violins. After a development, there is an abrupt reaction from the brass and timpani. There follows a gradually built up energetic episode with a second motif related to that of the Passacaglia. After a transition, a short misterioso atmosphere suddenly occurs,
after which various motifs are combined simultaneously in the final phase. The main subject of the symphony is also intoned. - OSCAR VAN HEMEL

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