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Veldhuizen, Rick van

Rick van Veldhuizen (*1994, Tilburg) although reared on pop and folk, discovered classical music at the age of 11. He started composing pretty much at that point. Education: Starting in 2008, ...

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La voix humaine: Tragédie lyrique en un acte : for soprano and ensemble / Francis Poulenc, libretto by Jean Cocteau; arranged for ensemble by Rick van Veldhuizen

Genre: Vocaal
Subgenre: Zangstem en instrument(en)
Bezetting: sopr-solo fl/picc/fl-a ob/eh cl/cl-b fg h perc hp harm 2vn vla vc db

Concerto : for large wind orchestra, 1990 / Bernard van Beurden

Genre: Orkest
Subgenre: Harmonieorkest
Bezetting: 2252 4sax 3332 timp 2perc hp pf cb

Avalanche : for large wind orchestra, 1996 / Hans Koolmees

Genre: Orkest
Subgenre: Harmonieorkest
Bezetting: 4484 4sax 4442 6perc 2pf cb

Victory : for wind orchestra / Chiel Meijering

Genre: Orkest
Subgenre: Harmonieorkest
Bezetting: picc 2fl 3ob 2fg 4clar bcl sax-s sax-a sax-t sax-b 4hn 3tp 4tbn euph 2btuba db timp mar vib s-drum ccymb

 

compositie

(un)mensch : for symphonic wind orchestra / Rick van Veldhuizen

Uitgavenummer: 20341
Genre: Orkest
Subgenre: Harmonieorkest
Bezetting: picc 2fl fl-a 2ob eh 2fg cfg 4cl cl-b cl-ca 5sax 2corn 3tpt 4h 2trb-t trb-b euph tb timp 5perc hp pf
Bijzonderheden: Won 1st Prize and Audience Award at the 2016 International Composition Competition Harelbeke, Belgium. Premiered on 3 April, 2016 by the Royal Wind Orchestra ‘Vooruit’ Harelbeke conducted by Erik Desimpelaere.
Tijdsduur: 19'00"
Compositiejaar: 2015 (rev. 2020)
Status: volledig gedigitaliseerd (direct leverbaar)

Toelichting:
(un)mensch is a piece about radicalisation, and the tendency of humans to seek extremes. In current times, as in times past, people have dismissed radical or extreme behaviours as ‘inhuman’ or ‘evil’ behaviour, in the process distancing our humanity from it. This refusal to accept extremes as naturally human leads us astray, ‘Othering’ people we perceive to be different, and losing our concept of a shared humanity.
This piece takes the biggest villain in history, Adolf Hitler, as its starting point. Often considered ‘inhuman’ so one doesn’t have to associate oneself with him, portrayals of this historical figure paradoxically also paint him as a madman, plagued by amphetamine addiction, tinnitus and mental disorder. In short, his evil is often portrayed as both inhuman and quintessentially human.
(un)mensch, in turn, seeks to radicalize existing musical styles and ideas. From Ligeti-like micropolyphonies to Glass’s arpeggios and the unofficial anthem of the Third Reich, everything gets turned into a blurred, topsy-turvy version of itself. At the centre of this is an extensive quote from Richard Wagners Das Rheingold: the emerging and explosion of an idyllic, nationalistic dream, the fair copy of which perished with Hitler in his bunker in 1945.

Rick van Veldhuizen
26 March 2015

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