ANNELIE DE MAN
20-09-1943 - 29-09-2010
Annelie de Man
The Dutch harpsichordist Annelie de Man specialised in contemporary music. Many composers – most of them Dutch or living in the Netherlands – wrote music for her. She taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory and played in the Double_Action duo with bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay, and in ORYX, an ensemble for ...
Biography Annelie de Man
The Dutch harpsichordist Annelie de Man specialised in contemporary music. Many composers – most of them Dutch or living in the Netherlands – wrote music for her. She taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory and played in the Double_Action duo with bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay, and in ORYX, an ensemble for Baroque and contemporary music, with the violinist Tiziana Pintus and cellist John Addison. In 2010 she dies. Annelie de Man was married to composer Roderik de Man.
1962 - 1976
Annelie de Man (1943) studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, first the piano and in 1972 the harpsichord, with Janny van Wering and Bob van Asperen.
Theo de Haas builds a two-manual harpsichord for De Man modelled after the instruments of the French harpsichord maker Pascal Taskin.
Louis Andriessen writes Overture to Orpheus for her, thus becoming the first post-war Dutch composer to write for the harpsichord. In the article “Contemporary Harpsichord Music in The Netherlands”, De Man writes: “The 'Overture for Orpheus' set the standard for many Dutch composers”. (Contemporary Music Review; 2000, ed. 19 no. 4)
1983 - 1985
Daniel Brozak composes 'In A' (1983) for her. Roderik de Man writes 'Frenzy' (1985) and Klaas de Vries 'Murder in the Dark' (1985).
The Frisian artist Sies Bleeker redesigns De Man's harpsichord to have a new, modern appearance, which can be seen on the cover of Frances Bedford's book 'Harpsichord and Clavichord Music of the Twentieth Century' (Fallen Leaf Press, USA 1993). At a concert on October 18, De Man, plays the redesigned harpsichord at a 'Premiere' concert in the musical instrument hall of the Gementemuseum in The Hague.
De Man records a solo CD, 'New Sights and Sounds for Harpsichord'.
1990 - 1993
De Man plays at the 1990 World Music Days in Oslo the first performance of Roderik de Man's 'Chordis Canam' (1989). She forms the Double_Action duo – which exists until 2002 – with the bass clarinettist Harry Sparnay. The composer Willem Jeths deicates Mythos (2002) to her. She performs in France at the Festival de Musique Electro-acoustique de Bourges (1992). Lárus Hálldor Grimsson writes 'The Secret Mission of Mr. BoomBoom' (1993) for her.
Together with De IJsbreker Music Centre, De Man organises the International Harpichord Week in Amsterdam, an event dedicated to contemporary music for the instrument. NM Classics issues the CD 'The Contemporary Harpsichord', on which De Man performs with various guest musicians. She begins teaching contemporary harpsichord music at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She performs in Finland at the Festival Time of Music/Viitasaari, and Calliope Tsoupaki composes 'Common Passion' for her.
1995 - 1997
The CD 'A Lady Shaves her Legs' is released, on which De Man plays contemporary chamber music with the guitarist Reinhold Westerheide. She performs in Ukraine at the Odessa New Music Festival (1996) and is a jury member at the 1997 International Gaudeamus Young Interpreters Competition.
2000 - 2001
She performs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during its Millennium tour in Japan. In November 2001, she performs in Poland at the AudioArt Festival in Cracow.
De Man plays live onstage in the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam's 35 performances of 'Rameau', a production choreographed by Ed Wubbe on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau's 'Pièces de clavecin'. With the violinist Tiziana Pintus and cellist John Addison, De Man begins ORYX, an ensemble performing Baroque and contemporary music.
2003 - 2006
She performs in Italy at the 2003 Spaziomusica Festival in Cagliari and in Warsaw at the 2006 Warschauer Herbst Festival.
De Man gives concerts and workshops in the United States at the Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. The Attacca label issues her new CD in the 'Ladder of Escape' series. Kasper Jansen writes of it in the NRC Handelsblad: “The more than 400-year-old harpsichord seems dismally old-fashioned, with its metallic and thin plucked sounds stuck in one level of volume. But when Annelie de Man plays on her modernly shaped instrument, the music, much of which has been composed for her, a modern and, most of all, exciting sound world opens up”.
With the Italian harpsichordist Diadorim Saviola, De Man begins PROCEMBALO, an initiative to publish a Contemporary Harpsichord Music Catalogue on the Internet.
Annelie de Man dies in Amsterdam on the night of 28-29 September.
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