Straesser, Joep

Joep Straesser was born in Amsterdam on March 11, 1934. He died on September 22, 2004 in Loenersloot. Joep Straesser studied musicology from 1953 to 1955 at the University of Amsterdam.

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Musique pour l'homme : 1968 / Joep Straesser

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1968
Publisher's number: 06123
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Remarks: Voor sopraan, alt, tenor, bas en orkest. - Tekst: de Universele verklaring van de rechten van de mens. - In opdracht van de stad Amsterdam. - Tijdsduur: 25'-26'
Duration: 26'00"
Number of players: 4
Year of composition: 1968
Status: not yet digitized (expected delivery time 14 days)

Quartet I-Aria I-Quartet II
Duet I-Intermezzo I-Terzet-Intermezzo II-Duet II-Intermezzo III
Quartet III-Aria II-Quartet IV
Program note (English): There are 3 movements: in the first and third movement, attempts are made for a continuity of musical flow as large as possible. The various sections flow into one another and together they form a musical whole. In the second movement, as a contrast to the other two, an effort was made to achieve the maximum degree of non-continuity. The musical flow is, even within the various sections, constantly interrupted by pauses. The three Intermezzi, in which the voices are used instrumentally, are again interruptions between the various sections. It was not the composer's intention to "depict" the text. In the first place, the words are being used as sound material and are often split into syllables and so divided over the various voices. In both arias, the words are often split into very prolonged syllables (mostly vowels). Therefore, the text will not be very audible in the major part of the work. At certain moments however, typical key-words such as: "l'homme, femme, droit,
liberté" , or key-sentences such as: "tout individu a droit à la vie or nul ne sera soumis à la torture, ni à des peines ou traitements cruels" can be clearly understood. Perhaps one could make a comparison between this technique of composition and the endless stream of words by which our human existence is characterized and in which merely now and then a word can be heard that is worth listening to. - JOEP STRAESSER

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