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PETER-JAN WAGEMANS

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Period

07-09-1952 - current

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componist, contemporary classical music

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Peter-Jan Wagemans

The music of Peter-Jan Wagemans is typical of the Rotterdam School, together with that of Otto Ketting and Klaas de Vries. In an interview with Emile Wennekes, Wagemans described the Rotterdam School as “a third stream of composition”: “We distance ourselves from the avant-garde and the minimalism you find in ...
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1982   Klaas de Vries
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Biography Peter-Jan Wagemans

The music of Peter-Jan Wagemans is typical of the Rotterdam School, together with that of Otto Ketting and Klaas de Vries. In an interview with Emile Wennekes, Wagemans described the Rotterdam School as “a third stream of composition”: “We distance ourselves from the avant-garde and the minimalism you find in the work of The Hague School, for example by Louis Andriessen. The Rotterdam School is concerned with the fundamental musical parameters: pitch and rhythm. It is a way of writing music that embraces tradition, in which Stravinsky and post-modernism in particular play a role.” (Ons Erfdeel, February 2002, p. 112) A significant portion of Wageman's music is orchestral, but he has also composed chamber music and an opera (Legende, 2006). For Rosebud (1988), he received the 1990 Matthijs Vermeulen Prize from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. The jury was taken by the “original use of the orchestra” and the “subtle feeling for proportions and sensitivity of the timbres”. In the first version of Wagemans' MCN/Donemus composer brochure, Paul Luttikhuis wrote “those observations apply to about any piece by Peter-Jan Wagemans”. Erik Voermans recognizes in Wagemans' aesthetics “a relationship to those of Matthijs Vermeulen”. (Het Parool, December 16, 1991)

1952

Peter-Jan Wagemans is born in The Hague on September 7.

1974 - 1976

He completes his organ studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with honours and studies for a time with Klaus Huber in Freiburg.

1977

He completes his music theory degree with honours at the Royal Conservatory on a thesis entitled 'Van tonalitiet naar twaalftoontechniek' [From Tonality to Twelve-Tone Technique], which may be downloaded from his website.

1979

During the Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ernst Bour conducts the Südwestfunk Orchester in the premiere of his 'Muziek II' (1977, rev. 1979).

1984

Wagemans begins teaching composition and music theory at the Rotterdam Conservatory.

1990

He becomes artistic director of the Rotterdam Doelen Ensemble. The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts awards him the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize for 'Rosebud' (1988).

1996

Wagemans writes the themes used at the 41st International Improvisation Competition for organists in Haarlem. Their “many leaps and melodic lines (...) offer ample opportunity for elaboration”, according to Kees Huges in the Haarlems Dagblad. (July 1996).

1997

The Brabant Orchestra and Ingrid Kapelle premiere 'Nachtvlucht' [Night Flight], four songs for soprano and orchestra, in the Composer's Portrait concert series.

1998

The 'Seventh Symphony' has a “tumultuous premiere with The Hague Philharmonic”, according to Ernst Vermeulen in the NRC Handelsblad. (October 20, 1998)

1999 - 2006

Wagemans becomes the artistic adviser of the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra (the later Holland Symfonia). He receives the ANV-Visser-Neerlandia Prize, and in 2003 is awarded the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize for his orchestral piece 'Moloch' (2000).

2007 - 2011

Portret kleur The premiere of his opera 'Legende' (2006) is conducted by Jaap van Zweden in a concert performance at a Saturday Matinee concert at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on Febrary 17. De Nederlandse Opera performs 'Legende', with Reinbert de Leeuw conducting the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, on February 2011 at the Muziektheater in Amsterdam.

2012

The opera 'Andreas weent' (Andreas weeps) is premiered - concertante - on October 20 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Groot Omroepkoor, Radio Kamer Filharmonie and conductor Michael Schønwandt. The libretto is inspired by the Baader-Meinhofgroep, or Rote Armee Fraktion, left extremist terrorists who were active in the seventies in West Germany.

Discography Peter-Jan Wagemans

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