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Willem Pijper

Willem Pijper

Willem Pijper is one of the most important Dutch composers of the first part of the 20th century, who gained international recognition and has educated and influenced many prominent composers as teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory. He also worked as a music critic and wrote essays for the periodical De Muziek, which he established together with Paul F. Sanders. As a critic he was partly responsible for the departure of the conductor of the Utrechts Stedelijk Orkest, Jan van Gilse.

As a composer Pijper was initially influenced by German late-Romantic composers, especially Mahler, but addressed himself soon to the impressionism of Debussy and Ravel. In the 1920’s he developed his own compositional method, the “germ cell technique”, in which a small melodic motive that is constantly transformed forms the foundation of a complete work. In this period he also made use of polyrhythmic and polytonality.

From the 1930’s onwards Pijper composed in a moderate style. His music from this period was described by Leo Samama as “the music of a disappointed man” who was not satisfied with the society in which he lived and his career. In these years he composed two operas, Halewijn and Merlijn, of which the last one remained unfinished.

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Flute Music from the Netherlands

Flute Music from the Netherlands

Musica Ad Rhenum/radio Kamerorkest/brabants Orkest

Ton Bruynèl, Jan van Glise, Ton de Leeuw, Tristan Keuris, Martijn Padding, Jaap Geraedts, Willem Pijper, Rudolf Escher, Leo Smit, Theo Verhey, Johannes Coenen, Johann Wilhelm Wilms, Willem de Fresch
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Sonata voor piano/Sonatina voor piano/

Sonata voor piano/Sonatina voor piano/

Ronald Brautigam

Willem Pijper, Kees van Baaren, Daniel Ruyneman, Hendrik Andriessen, Leo Smit, Rudolf Escher
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MERLIJN

MERLIJN

Willem Pijper / The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra / The Netherlands Radio Choir

Willem Pijper
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Escher/Geraedts/Keuris/Loevendie/Pijper

Escher/Geraedts/Keuris/Loevendie/Pijper

Jacques Zoon/Bernd Brackman

Rudolf Escher, Jaap Geraedts, Tristan Keuris, Theo Loevendie, Willem Pijper
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