composer

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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Motetus : (quasi in modo antico), for six-part a cappella choir, 1987 / Joep Straesser

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L' infinito : for vocal quintet and 17 instruments, 1990 / [words by Giacomo Leopardi], Tristan Keuris

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Hexa : voor twee ensembles, 1984 / Henk van der Meulen

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The overwhelming blankness of the ultimate meaninglessness of tragedy : for 2 ensembles, soprano and actor, 1995-1996 / words: Jorge Luis Borges, Octavio Paz, Amnesty International, Edward Top

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composition

22 pages : for wind orchestra, double basses, percussion, harp, piano, celesta, vibraphone, xylophone, and 3 male voices, 1964/'65 / based on a text by John Cage, Joep Straesser

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1965
Publisher's number: 06124
Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Vocal Ensemble (2-12) and large ensemble
Instruments: ten bar bas 4444 4441 3perc vibr(xyl) hp pf(cel) 8cb
Remarks: Voor tenor, bariton, bas, 3 fluiten, altfluit, 3 hobo's, althobo, 3 klarinetten, basklarinet, 3 fagotten, contrafagot, 4 hoorns, 4 trompetten, 4 trombones, tuba, 8 contrabassen, celesta (tevens piano), vibrafoon (tevens xylofoon), harp en 3 slagwerkers. - Tekst apart afgedrukt. - Opgedragen aan Ton de Leeuw. - Tijdsduur: 11'
Duration: 11'00"
Number of players: 3
Year of composition: 1965
Status: not yet digitized (expected delivery time 14 days)

Other authors:
Cage, John (librettist)
Description:
Program note (English): This work was composed as a result of the text by John Cage ("2 pages, 122 words on music and dance") from the collection "Silence". This text is mainly spoken and fits completely into the structure of the work and for this reason it was not treated solistically. The meaning of the words is often the motive of similar musical structures - e.g. the words "points in time in space" bring about a music, which is characterized by short, cluster-like harmonies (points), which are separated by all sorts of different durations (space) - while the direct understanding is only of secondary importance.
The work begins with an introduction (title-music) preceded and followed by a number of strokes on a high gong. The first substantial part thereafter leads to a climax, which ends with an enumeration of several human emotions. The same gong plays the introduction to the second part, which is led to a climax again but within a shorter space of time and with only a little text. Three cymbals bring a coda at which end the three vocalists address the audience with the word "ears?" - JOEP STRAESSER

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