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J. M. SUIJKERBUIJK

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Biography J. M. Suijkerbuijk

J.M. Suijkerbuijk ( 1959) taught himself to read and write music at the age of eleven. Advised to by a high school teacher, his parents allowed him to follow private piano lessons from age fourteen through eighteen. He then studied musicology at the university of Utrecht (1978-1984) with Marius Flothuis, Jos ...
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Biography J. M. Suijkerbuijk

J.M. Suijkerbuijk ( 1959) taught himself to read and write music at the age of eleven. Advised to by a high school teacher, his parents allowed him to follow private piano lessons from age fourteen through eighteen.
He then studied musicology at the university of Utrecht (1978-1984) with Marius Flothuis, Jos Kunst, Willem Elders and Kees Vellekoop, amongst others, graduating with a thesis on the relationship between Alban Berg’s violin concerto and Ferruccio Busoni's Berceuse Elégiaque.

As a student, Suijkerbuijk developed his own compositorial technique: a modal system based on harmonics, which renders a form of 'tonality' (or rather: tonal centre-based music) that appears both alien and familiar. This modal system was first formulated in a short piece for piano that was later published as part three, Skaz, of Vier Noveletten, opus 88. The opus 63, Perigæum, for large wind ensemble, was the first large scale composition in this new technique to be performed before an audience. The world premiere was given on December 11, 1981 by the Utrecht Wind Ensemble, conducted by Leo Samama.
Since Perigæum he mainly wrote highly polyphonic orchestral works, among which five symphonies and two symphoniettas, though his attention shifted in later years to smaller ensembles and chamber music.
Most of his early works have gone lost.

The name Suijkerbuijk is also written Suykerbuyk. Between 1975 and 1986 he used the nom de plume Joh.M.A. Wollf.

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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