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JAKOB VAN DOMSELAER

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Jakob van Domselaer

Period

15-04-1890 - 05-01-1960

Genre

classical, componist, piano

Jakob van Domselaer

The composer Jakob van Domselaer turned toward modernism around 1915 in an entirely original way. While his friend Piet Mondriaan was introducing abstract geometry to painting, Van Domselaer was combining elements from the music of J.S. Bach with atonal techniques. He was largely ignored during his lifetime, and even today ...
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Instruments

componist, piano

Mentioned in the biography of

1922   Nico Schuyt
1949   Simeon ten Holt
1988   Kees Wieringa

Biography Jakob van Domselaer

The composer Jakob van Domselaer turned toward modernism around 1915 in an entirely original way. While his friend Piet Mondriaan was introducing abstract geometry to painting, Van Domselaer was combining elements from the music of J.S. Bach with atonal techniques. He was largely ignored during his lifetime, and even today he has only a small circle of admirers.

1890 - 1910

Jakob van Domselaer is born on April 15 in the conservative, religious village of Nijkerk. His father is a tradesman. He takes lessons from the organist Johan Enderlé. Later, he studies the organ in Utrecht with Willem Petri and composition with Johan Wagenaar.

Johan Wagenaar

1911

On Wagenaar’s advice, Van Domselaer takes lessons in Berlin from the Scottish pianist Frederic Lamond. The concerts of the pianist-composer Ferrucio Busoni leave a deep impression on him.

1912

Van Domselaer goes to Paris, where he comes into contact with the painter Piet Mondriaan.

1913 - 1915

Back in the Netherlands, Jakob van Domselaer prepares his debut recital, which he performs in April 1914 in London. He then takes up residence in Laren, where he maintains contact with the theosophical publicist Mathieu Schoenmaekers, who at that time exerts great influence on Mondriaan and other artists.

1916 - 1920

With his wife, Maaike Middelkoop, Van Domselaer moves to Amsterdam. He joins the artists society De Moderne Kunstkring (later, De Nieuwe Kring). For the Kunstkring’s 'Journaal', he writes several articles explaining his aesthetics. In 'Proeven van Stijlkunst' [Experiments in the Art of Style, 1916], for piano, he combines the Romantic organ sonority of Busoni’s Bach transcriptions – which he performs in his recitals – with rather eccentric, radical and to a degree atonal structural principles. After, he feels for some time that he has reached a dead end. His later work is more in line with the late Romantic tradition of Anton Bruckner and Gustav Mahler.

1920 - 1960

The family moves to Bergen in North Holland province. Though Jakob van Domselaer often performs new work in the following years, it generates little response and he finds himself increasingly isolated. He composes two piano concertos (he performs the first with the Utrecht Municipal Orchestra in 1929) and a symphony, as well as sonatas, suites and variations for the piano. His few students include Nico Schuyt and Simeon ten Holt.

Nico Schuyt Simeon ten Holt

1960

Van Domselaer dies in Bergen on January 5.

1968

His wife Maaike Middelkoop publishes the 'Overzicht over leven en werken van Jakob van Domselaer' [Survey of the Life and Work of Jakob van Domselaer].

Discography Jakob van Domselaer

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