Categorie archief: Componeren

Interview ‘Intermezzo’ about composing

Questions from ‘Intermezzo’ about composing:
1. What and where do/did you study? When did you graduate?
I studied classical piano at the Hilversums Conservatorium with Frans van Dalen and Fania Chapiro. I graduated in 1989. I started to compose after my study. It started writing pieces for piano students, because sometimes I couldn’t find suitable pieces for beginners and intermediate level. Gradually I started to write larger works. I learned to compose by studying and playing works of great composers. In the beginning I wrote in a more Romantic style. The very first piece I wrote in a more atonal style was selected to be performed in Paradiso at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in 2006. I decided to study composition after I won the first prize at Calefax Composers Contest in 2009. I studied a few years with composer Jeff Hamburg.
2. A composition of yours has been recently published by EMA , could you tell us something about this piece? For example: Why did you write this piece? What is it about? What instrument(s) did you write for and why?
Two compositions of mine have been published by EMA: Etude Furioso and Waves.
Etude Furioso I wrote because a piano collegue of mine, Janece Milos, was gathering etudes for her advanced students. Then Daan from EMA asked composers to write etudes to be gathered in a book. I decided to contribute with this etude. Maybe I will write more etudes in future. I wrote Waves because there are few passionate pieces for three pianists at one piano. I love to write pieces for students that sound much more complicated than they really are. Of course the rhythms of Waves are not easy, but it can be memorized quite well.
Waves was written with a nod to composer Simenon ten Holt, whose famous “Canto Ostinato” has mesmerized many musicians and listeners. Waves is much easier and shorter than the wonderful piece by Ten Holt, bit it poses its own rhythmical challenges.
3. Are there works by other composers that seriously impressed you or influenced your work? Composing is like (a spiritual path in) life: you are always looking further.. just repeating yourself is no real development. When I started to compose, I was influenced by the classical composers like Bach and Mozart. Later I tried to write in a more Romantic style, like Liszt and Chopin. Then I started to research atonal music. Right now I am most influenced by all kinds of world music: Syrian, Spanish, African (Zulu). In 2013 I won the first prize in a Spanish competition (Hispa Song) with a composition based on an old Spanish strophic text about a bull fighter who is killed by the bull. Perhaps there is also a little Albeniz and Granados in my work.
4. When did you start composing? Do you remember what you wrote back then?
I seriously started composing with a Prelude and a Fugue, a little bit in the style of Bach. I just wanted to “proof” that I understood the rules of composition. Like Mondriaan started to paint real trees, before he continued making cubes. ;-) After that I wrote a Piano Trio in classical style (“Tango Trio” also this trio is already influenced by world music: Argentinian Tango). It was even published by Broekmans & van Poppel and I was very proud of that. My first published work! :-)
But when I go back further: as a child, about 8 years old, I was already correcting scores of “other” ;-) composers.. it alway stroke me when I read and played something that didn’t match with my ears.. I started correcting the scores on “wrong” notes with a pencil. So the character of the composer was already there! I only didn’t know that I could also write my own music. This idea popped up later.
5. Is there anything else you’d like to share in Intermezzo?
For me composing is like meditation: when I compose, I forget everything around me: I am in flow. For me it is one of the greatest things to do. I feel very grateful having the chance of doing this.

You can hear my compositions at: www.heleenverleur.org
When you click: ‘composities’ or ‘composities voor iedereen vanaf 5 jaar’ of ‘piano trios’ you can hear my pieces, also the pieces I mentioned above.

Intermezzo is a publication of Edition MatchingArts.

Workshop & concert for Jan

Presentation of 'Route 65' for Jan

Presentation of ‘Route 65′ for Jan

This is what Rineke Verbrugge (University Groningen) wrote about this event:

Friday afternoon and evening, I had the privilige of participating in the farewell event for Jan van Eijck, including very diverse and fascinating lectures (see Workshop ).

There was also a surprise part about which Jan knew nothing in advance. Yanjing Wang and two other former PhD students of Jan presented the secretly prepared Festschrift for Jan (see Festschrift ). Also, a surprise concert took place. Heleen Verleur is Jan’s wife *and* a professional pianist and composer, and she had designed a lively program for the concert, including pieces for piano and clarinet, piano solo, piano and 1 cello, and finally piano and 2 cellos.

Heleen composed a wonderful ‘wink to Piazzolla’, the “Milonga for three”, and for this occasion she had arranged it for two cellos and piano so that Hans van Ditmarsch and I could join her in the concert. Here you can listen to the original version for violin, cello and piano: Milonga for three

The greatest experience of the day for me was the rehearsal in secret, at noon, for half an hour before the workshop attendees started dropping in. All of us had practiced individually and Hans van Ditmarsch and I had even tried a Skype rehearsal for the two cello parts, between Nancy and Groningen. But playing the piece ‘for real’, with the composer, was something wonderful! She had a great piece of advice for me: for the difficult rhythm, don’t try to count like “óne-and-two / ánd-three-eh / fóur-eh”, but silently say “ananas, ananas, kiwi”. This worked like a charm, and after the concert, some audience members said that they couldn’t believe that we had only rehearsed together for half an hour :-)

Rineke practises by Skype

Rineke practises by Skype

One of the slides

One of the slides used by Rineke during her talk

Performing 'Route 65' with clarinet player Michel Marang

Performing ‘Route 65′ with the wonderful clarinet player Michel Marang

Jans talk

Jans talk

Promotiefilm CKVAlmere

Vandaag kwam er een heuse filmer in de les van Bintang en Alyssa, Erwin Eijpe.
Het was voor een promotiefilm van het CKVAlmere. De meiden gingen ‘Walvissen’ spelen van ondergetekende.. het ging nog niet eerder zo goed, zo goed als vlekkeloos samenspel.

Voor het overige mochten ze lekker gek doen, inclusief head banging enz. ;-) dus het was echt een pretles. Zal weer even wennen zijn de volgende keer als “strenge” juf Heleen weer toezicht houdt..

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Erwin in actie

Erwin in actie

Premiere ‘Pianodieren’ 15 april 2017

In Groningen is twee dagen achter elkaar mijn stuk ‘Pianodieren’ uitgevoerd door 16 kinderen.

Een gedeelte ervan kun je via deze Youtube link beluisteren:

Premiere ‘Piano Animals’ Youtube

Uitvoering 'Pianodieren'

Uitvoering ‘Pianodieren’

Vincent & Nora spelen 'Wilde Zwijnen' op station Groningen

Vincent & Nora spelen ‘Wilde Zwijnen’ op station Groningen

Stilte voor de 'storm' van 16 pianisten

Stilte voor de ‘storm’ van 16 pianisten

Duet met Daniel

Duet met Daniel

Olv  Charles Michels piano beschilderen..

Olv Charles Michels piano beschilderen..

Prachtig werk

Prachtig werk

Enkele details..

Enkele details..

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Premiere ‘Pianodieren’ in Groningen

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Jubileumeditie Groninger Pianofestival bij VRIJDAG

Artikel is geplaatst door Marc Jansen op 08-04-2017 – 17:28
GRONINGEN – De concertzaal van VRIJDAG in Groningen is vrijdag 14 en zaterdag 15 april toneel van de tiende editie van het Groninger Pianofestival. Dit festival is georganiseerd door Stichting Muziek Atelier in samenwerking met VRIJDAG en het Prins Claus Conservatorium. Drijvende kracht achter het festival is initiator en organisator Joëlle Doll in samenwerking met Grietje Meter.

Tijdens het Groninger Pianofestival spelen en studeren twee keer veertig leerlingen een dag onder leiding van vijf pianodocenten. Hierbij wordt gebruik gemaakt van de Suzukimethode, een methode ontwikkeld door dr. Shinichi Suzuki uit Japan.

Suzukimethode

Kinderen komen in deSuzukimethode al vanaf hun derde jaar op een speelse en natuurlijke wijze met muziek in aanraking. Uitgangspunt van dr. Suzuki is dat alle kinderen in staat moeten worden gesteld hun muzikaliteit naar vermogen te ontwikkelen. Deze manier van leren is vergelijkbaar met de wijze waarop een kind leert spreken.

Met de Suzukimethode wordt het gehoor aangescherpt, het geheugen getraind en de motoriek ontwikkeld. Deze benadering vereist een intensieve ouderparticipatie. De ouders begeleiden hun kinderen actief tijdens het Groninger Pianofestival.

Workshops

De deelnemers krijgen dus les volgens de Suzukimethode. Deze lessen worden afgewisseld met workshops orgel, muziek en illustratie, oude dans en muziek.

Voor beginners is een speciaal programma van een halve dag samengesteld. Vergevorderde leerlingen volgen masterclasses van onder anderen Robert Harris en Gerben Makkes van der Deijl.

Pianodieren

Heleen Verleur heeft speciaal voor deze jubileumeditie, in opdracht van het Groninger Pianofestival, een stuk gecomponeerd voor vijftien pianisten op vijf piano’s, getiteld: ‘Pianodieren’.

Aan het einde van de dag treedt elke deelnemer in verschillende bezettingen op in een slotconcert. ‘Pianodieren’ gaat in première tijdens het slotconcert van zaterdag 15 april.

Stichting Piamore

Speciaal voor deze jubileumeditie heeft Stichting Piamore een piano ter beschikking gesteld die beschilderd zal worden door alle deelnemers, onder leiding van illustrator Charles Michels. De piano krijgt een mooie plek in de stad Groningen.

Slotconcerten

Beide slotconcerten beginnen om 17.00 uur. Entree: gratis. Het aantal beschikbare plaatsen is echter beperkt. Reserveren: groningerpianofestival@hotmail.com.