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.

related works

Neue Niederländische Klaviermusik : = Contemporary Dutch piano music, Heft 1 = Book 1 / mit Werken von = containing works by J. Andriessen, R. du Bois, G. Janssen ... [et al.], herausgegeben von = edited by Ton Hartsuiker

Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Piano
Instruments: pf

Languentibus in purgatorio : voor zangstemmen a cappella / Henk Badings

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Vocal Ensemble (2-12); Mixed choir; Male voice choir
Instruments: sopr alt 2ten bas / GK5 / sopr alt MK3

Scene from the Ramayana : for mixed choir, 1997 / Sinta Wullur

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir
Instruments: GK6

Bomen : voor kamerkoor, op 3 gedichten van Erik Menkveld (opus 35) / Micha Hamel

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir
Instruments: 5sopr 3alt 4ten 3bas



Herfst der muziek : voor kamerkoor a cappella, 1963-'64, rev. 1966 / op teksten van Lucebert, Joep Straesser

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1966
Publisher's number: 06581
Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir
Instruments: GK4
Remarks: Koorbez.: SATB. - Tekst apart afgedrukt. - Tijdsduur: 8'
Duration: 8'00"
Year of composition: 1964
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Lucebert (librettist)
Program note (English): 'Herfst der muziek' (Autumn of music) is the result of reflections on the problem of applying modern composition techniques in a purely vocal notation. An atonal notation with absolute pitches brought about almost insurmountable problems of intonation for the choirs. The solution was evident: to write a composition in which the number of absolute pitches would be confined to a minimum. A totally different and at that time for me unknown field between normal speech (declamation) and singing had to explored. Rhythmics, dynamics and colouring should have come into prominence and be developed to a great extent to compensate for the lack of absolute pitches and consonance.
In 'Herfst der muziek' a number of stages are heard, from declamation to the fully sung chorus phrase with practically everything in between these two extremities. The singing (at first in relative pitches) is very gradually increased in each part until the final singing-stage has been reached (part 5). In this last part, with the same (title) text of the first, the beginning (declamation) and the end (singing) are combined. Analysing the texts of the Dutch poet/painter Lucebert, it appears that the sound structure of the language is of great importance beside the semantic aspect. It could also be stated that language as a vehicle of clear concept and feelings in these poems has been weakened to a certain extent whereas it is strongly accentuated in its possibilities for interesting combinations of timbre. This way of usage implies that translating these poems would be an even greater attempt on their essential than with more conventional poetry. Furthermore, the intelligibility in
the semantic sense of this poetry is not the prime aim of the writer. The timbres of these texts are obviously impossible to translate. Therefore we can only give the overall atmosphere of the poems without considering their exact meaning even if it were possible to indicate this in an unequivocal way. - JOEP STRAESSER

If you are going to perform this composition, you can enter your concert information here. We will publish this information at the Donemus Facebook page and in the Donemus Concert Agenda.
You can buy the parts or other related products on-line. If you choose a downloadable product you will receive the product in digital form. In all other cases the product is sent to you physically. Please note that you require a copy of this product for every user.
Product Description Price/piece Count
Score Download (A3), 18 pages EUR 16.63
Hardcopy, normal size (A3), 18 pages EUR 33.27
Hardcopy, study size (A4), 18 pages EUR 22.90
Vocal Score Download (A3), 14 pages EUR 7.48
Hardcopy, normal size (A3), 14 pages EUR 14.97