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Leeuw, Ton de

Ton de Leeuw was born on November 16, 1926 in Rotterdam. He died on May 31, 1996 in Paris (France). In 1949, after some years of composition lessons with Henk Badings, ...

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Treurmuziek : voor orkest, 1948 / Ton de Leeuw

Publisher: Amsterdam: Muziek Centrum Nederland, 2011
Publisher's number: 04106
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: pic fl ob cl fg 2h trp trb timp str
Remarks: In memoriam Willem Pijper. - Cop., Donemus, 1949.
Duration: 20'00"
Year of composition: 1948
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
Program note (English): The treurmuziek (funeral music) by Ton de Leeuw is written in variation form. The ''theme, which can better be called a complexity of motifs and melodic data, relies entirely on the organ point 'a'. The small second-motifs heard in the first measures both rise (e - f) and descend (b flat - a), are an important core motif. The motifs grow in rich variations with an adjoining bassoon melody which appears. Variation 1 is a trio for flute, oboe and clarinet; variations 2 and 3 are short intermezzi respectively for string orchestra and for clarinet, horns, trombone and basses; in variation 4 alternating melodies in flute and bassoon are accompanied by the strings; in variation 5 brass instruments and the high wind instruments come to the forefront, a fast tempo is here for the first time prescribed in contrast to the previous variations; in the 6th variation (again andante con moto) more and more instruments join in and form the passage to violently moved 7th variation (allegro deciso); variation 8 is another adagio. In the two last variations the composer indicates and ad libitum. The 9th is a fugue on a theme which has been clearly inferred from variation 7; the 10th variation is a short lento, which reverts to an epilogue of the mourning atmosphere of the beginning. - TON DE LEEUW

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