Songs of War & Peace, my newest piece, for recorder and string quartet, was commisioned by the Bennewitz Kwartet and master recorder player Peter Holtslag. They perform it for the first time on 17 and 18 October:

17 October 14.00 Amsterdam Noorderkerkconcerts – please order here.

17 October 20.00 Dorpskerkje Wilp – afterward, meet & greet the musicians, please order here

18 October 14.00 – 15.00 en 15.30 – 16.30 Slotconcerten Zeist, only a few single tickets left, please order here.

New music….

…in which musical beauty is most important.

Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk

The beauty of melodies that, full of rhythmic energy, work together to tell a purely musical story.

From a composer who walks on the historical ground of numerous musical styles with a pounding heart, naively entranced by the way traditional melodies and new styles are able to merge.

Who instead of original wants to be personal, and for that reason relishes in simply building his music on his choice from the riches of musical heritage. Writing a counterpoint of both voices and styles, from the Genevan Psalms to New Orleans funk, from tango to Gregorian chant and from blues to Renaissance polyphony.

Who wields the historical handicraft of Monteverdi and Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvorak, Debussy and Bartók to capture the broad palette of Western music.

Creating music for the 21st century that is grafted in a personal manner on what he values in the traditions of Western music.

As in Super Stella (Super Suite, mvt III), where a funky klezmer varies the Gregorian hymn Ave Maris Stella:

Or the Deep River sonata that traces the history of the early Afro-American spiritual:

Sonata Deep River: II – Adagio

Echoing the melody’s lyricism, but also the original rhythm:

Sonata Deep River: III – Scherzo

Beauty in music goes side by side with christian religiosity:

…with a 21st-century personal perspective:

Utrechts Requiem – Introïtus | Nederlands Kamerkoor en Ensemble Insomnio 2018

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