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Children of Gaza

Eduard de Boer: Children of Gaza

Song cycle for high voice and piano Poems by Michael R. Burch

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Music and spirituality

Spirituality as a quality criterion in art music; a personal manifesto

Despite the peak of excellence modern music has achieved, we do not hear or see today the least sign of those effects which ancient music produced, which were so infinitely desirable and useful.
 Vicenzo Galilei, father of Galileo (1533 – 1591)

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943)

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Let me begin this essay with a few statements. I will then continue to elaborate on them and point out in what ways they are interrelated. Continue reading

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Arina’s Droom (Arina’s Dream), Op. 6

2222-2100-timp.,perc.-cel.-str. First performance: 4 July, 1980, Concert Hall, Middelburg Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ernest Bour; Maurits Bosman, violin solo Dedicated to Ernest Bour and the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra

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Concertino over een Nederlands Volksliedje (Concertino on a Dutch Folk Tune), Op. 7 no. 2

2222-2001-timp.,perc.-str. I Thema met variaties (Theme and variations) – II Adagio ma non troppo – III Rondo: Allegro vivace

First performance: 20 March 1981, Geertekerk, Utrecht Roland Kieft, cello; Orchestra of the Utrecht Conservatory conducted by Ernest Bour Dedicated to … Continue reading

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Blauwvingers (Bluefingers), Op. 8

3222-4230-timp.,perc.-str. I Expositie (Exposition) II Wals ’81 (Waltz ’81) III Reprise met Klokkenspel (Recapitulation with Glockenspiel)

First performance: 22 March 1983, Theatre Odeon, Zwolle Zwols Symphony Orchestra conducted by Wim Baarens Dedicated to Wim Baarens and the Zwols Symphony Orchestra

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Angela and Oliver, a Musical Entertainement, based on Broadway Songs by Kurt Weill, Op. 9

2021-1301-timp.,perc.-harp,cel.-str. Commissioned by the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra First performance: 7 May 1982, Music Centre Vredenburg, Utrecht Inge Frölich, mezzo-soprano; Jan-Paul van Spaendonck, baritone; Vocal Group and Chamber Orchestra of the Utrecht Conservatory conducted by Melvin Margolis

Dedicated to Melvin Margolis

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Eris, Op. 10

Commissioned by the ‘Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst’ First performance: 17 December 1986, De IJsbreker, Amsterdam Eoos Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ernst van Tiel Dedicated to Bas Blomhert and the Hague Wind Ensemble ‘Oktopus’

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Foxtrot over een Nederlands Volksliedje (Foxtrot on a Dutch Folk Tune), Op. 7 no. 1

1121-1210-timp.,perc.-pianino-str. Commissioned by the Dutch ‘Hoofdstad Operette Vereniging’ First performance: 1 September 1982, Municipal Theatre, Amsterdam Hoofstad Operette Orkest conducted by Melvin Margolis Dedicated to Melvin Margolis

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Dawn, Op. 11 no. 1

Text: Oscar Wilde I La Fuite de la Lune II The Harlot’s House III Le Réveillon

Commissioned by the ‘Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst’ First performance: 24 January 1998, Grote Kerk, Wijk bij Duurstede Vocal Ensemble COQU conducted by Marc … Continue reading

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Music for the documentary film ’Kunst op de Bodem’ (Art in Flevoland)

Scenario and Direction: Kees Maaswinkel and Evert van Uitert Commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Culture First showing: 21 September 1983, Alpha Theatre, Lelystad

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