composer

Keuris, Tristan

Tristan Keuris (Amersfoort, 3 Oct 1946 - Amsterdam, 15 Dec 1996) was one of the leading Dutch composers of his generation. Education: As a child, Tristan Keuris wanted to imitate what ...

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Movements : for orchestra, (1981) / Tristan Keuris

Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Instruments: 2fl fl(pic) 2ob ob(eh) 3cl cl-b 2fg fg(cfg) 4h 3trp 3trb tb timp 4perc hp str

Een boterham met honing : cantatelle voor koor en orkest, opus 909, 1996 / op tekst van Wiegertje Postma, Jan van Dijk

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir and large ensemble
Instruments: GK4 rec-s rec-t 2fl ob cl sax-a sax-t h pf4h keyboard(s) acc(s) perc str(vl vc cb)

Vrijheidscantate / Israel Olman; woorden van W. J. Kirberger

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir and large ensemble
Instruments: GK KK ork

Boere-charleston : voor sopraan- en baritonsolo, gemengd koor, 7 solo-blazers, 3 celli, 2 contrabassen, piano en slagwerk, 1949 (instrum. 1957) / gedicht: Paul van Ostaijen, Antoon Maessen

Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir and large ensemble
Instruments: sopr bar GK4 1111 1110 perc pf 3vc 2cb

 

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To Brooklyn bridge : for 24 voices and instrumental ensemble, 1987-1988 / Tristan Keuris

Publisher: [Borough Green]: Novello, cop. 1989
Publisher's number: 08681
Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir and large ensemble
Instruments: 6sopr 6alt 6ten 6bas 4cl 4sax 2pf 2hp 3cb
Remarks: Voor soli S(6)A(6)T(6)B(6) en es-klarinet, 2 klarinetten, basklarinet, sopraansaxofoon, altsaxofoon, tenorsaxofoon, baritonsaxofoon, 2 piano's, 2 harpen en 3 contrabassen. - Tekst van H. Crane. - In opdracht van het Nederlands Kamerkoor. - Tijdsduur: ca. 27'
Duration: 27'00"
Year of composition: 1988
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Crane, Hart (librettist)
Description:
Program note (English): (Premiere US: 23-3-1994 - Lincoln Center, New York - Ensemble, cond. Harold Rosenbaum). In 1982, I bought a beautiful reproduction of the first model for the Brooklyn Bridge. Shortly thereafter the Netherlands Chamber Choir commissioned me to write a work for approximately 15 instruments and choir. As the scoring was miraculously clear to me (choir, four clarinets, four saxophones, two harps, two pianos, and three basses), I set about to find a suitable text. Leafing through a volume of poems, I stumbled upon the American poet Hart Crane's ode "To Brooklyn Bridge". It was then that I decided to build my own musical bridge with the chosen instrumentation. For further inspiration, I turned to other sources of information on Brooklyn Bridge. Ed Schilder's 'Brooklyn Bridge' proved to be of enormous help with all its descriptions of reactions to the bridge. Sixteen years of blood, sweat, and toil and the bridge was inaugurated to an amazing and sceptical public in 1883. Thirty years
later, with the opening of other bridges, New Yorkers began to take "their bridge" for granted. Later on, poets helped obscure the line between fact and fiction. Hart Crane had a lifelong romantic attachment to the Brooklyn Bridge. The poet not only devoted an entire cycle of poems to the subject, but he went so far as to rent the room in which the bridge's architect, Washington Roebling, had lived during the time the bridge was constructed.
The choral work is based on the text of the opening poem in Crane's cycle. The bridge becomes supernatural in the text, a symbol for eternal rest and peace. To the poet, the bridge transcends the work of mortal labor and is intuitively related to an understanding of God. For me, this work is intended as an ode to John and Washington Roebling who, along with many others, made supreme sacrifices to lend form to their dreams. - TRISTAN KEURIS

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