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Rudolf Escher

Rudolf EscherDavid van Dijk

Rudolf George Escher was born on 8 January 1912 in Amsterdam as the son of the Swiss Emma Brosy and the geologist Berend George Escher, who gave him piano lessons. In his youth he moved with his family to Batavia in the Dutch East Indies, where he encountered gamelan music, which was significant for his musical development.
 
In 1935 Escher made his debut as a composer with his first piano sonata. He wrote a relatively small oeuvre of orchestral works, chamber music and vocal music, and also examined the musical applications of electronics. One of his most important works is Musique pour l'esprit en deuil, which he composed during the Second World War. This work immediately made him the most important composer of the Netherlands. Most of Escher’s student works have been lost due to the bombing of Rotterdam on May 14, 1940.

Escher’s music is lyrical, expressive and elegiac, with a great driving force. He mainly joined the French music of Debussy and Ravel, although he disliked being constantly connected with the French tradition. He was also influenced by Renaissance polyphony, Gustav Mahler, Gregorian chant and gamelan music.

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Le Tombeau de Ravel

Le Tombeau de Ravel

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Concertgebouw Orchestra / Ensemble Alma Musica

Rudolf Escher
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Vintage 1996 Music from Holland

Vintage 1996 Music from Holland

Musica Ad Rhenum / Orpheus Kwartet / Radio Symp. Orch

Johannes Albertus Groneman, Willem de Fesch, Dirk Schäfer, Cornelis Dopper, Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Kees van Baaren, Alphons Diepenbrock, Henk Badings, Rudolf Escher, Jaap Geraerts, Theo Verbey, Alison Isadora
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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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