Category Archives: women composers

Composer Karin Rehnqvist: ‘I simply had to address global warning in Silent Earth’

Saturday 18 April was to see the first performance of Karin Rehnqvist’s Silent Earth in NTR ZaterdagMatinee. Yet, as all concerts, this premiere fell prey to the measures taken to prevent the further spreading of the Corona-virus. Rehnqvist had written … Continue reading

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Lera Auerbach: Lost Paradise Regained

The Russian Lera Auerbach (1973) does not shy away from major challenges. And that is an understatement. Recently she made a big impression with her cycle Goetia 72: in umbra lucis, a setting of the names of 72 demons for … Continue reading

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Why I hope to meet the twenty-something members of a reading club at the Dutch premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s soundtrack to ‘Die Stadt ohne Juden’

‘If it happens once, it can happen again.’ These admonishing words from the Italian-Jewish concentration camp survivor Primo Levi are more topical than ever. Neo-Nazis in Germany shout Hitler’s slogans with impunity, in the Netherlands the largest political party (Forum … Continue reading

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Tuneful melodies and subdued tragedy in Fête Galante Ethel Smyth

‘If I hadn’t had three things that have nothing to do with music, I would have gone to waste from loneliness and disillusionment at an early age’, wrote Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) when she was sixty. Those three things were: ‘A … Continue reading

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‘We know exactly what the right decision is, but often choose against our intuition’ – Lera Auerbach sets 72 demons to music

In 2016, the Russian-American Lera Auerbach (1973) stunned both audience and press with her full-length cycle 72 Angels for choir and saxophone quartet. Three years later she composed a sequel, Goetia 72, dedicated to as many demons. This time the … Continue reading

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Aspasia Nasopoulou: ‘If the doors for new music don’t open quickly enough, we have to knock harder!’

The Greek/Dutch composer Aspasia Nasopoulou (Athens, 1972) was appointed as the new artistic leader of orkest de ereprijs. Though she has lived in the Netherlands for a long time, she is not as well known to the general public as … Continue reading

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Veertig jaar pionieren – orkest de ereprijs viert jubileum met vier premières

Bij wijze van intro speelt de slagwerker van orkest de ereprijs een cadens van luchtslagen. Wanneer hij onverwacht een snoeiharde mep op zijn snaredrum gaf, schrikt iedereen zich een ongeluk. Zo, met Bewegung ohne Bewegung voor cello en ensemble van Jan van … Continue reading

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‘Wikileaks has never been caught on a single error’ – Iris ter Schiphorst writes Assange: Fragmente einer Unzeit

‘There is an information war going on at the moment, which shows how important data are. The Assange case is the most poignant example of this,’ says the Dutch-German composer Iris Ter Schiphorst. She addresses this theme in Assange: Fragmente … Continue reading

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‘Like a terrifying chorus of ghostly aliens’ – Why you must simply undergo Anna Korsun’s music

‘With her surprising and communicative music, Anna Korsun rose high above her colleagues.’ I wrote this in 2014, when she won the Gaudeamus Award. I concluded: ‘We’re definitely going to hear more from her’, and since then the Ukrainian composer … Continue reading

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‘I decided to make an unembashed romantic gesture and blast people away’ – Mathilde Wantenaar composes new piece for Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

Be creative on demand? Impossible, one would think. Yet it is reality for composers and artists who work on commission. Mathilde Wantenaar (1993) suffered acute choice stress when the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra asked her for a new piece. She was … Continue reading

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