Piet Ketting composed mostly instrumental music, with chamber music playing a key role in his oeuvre. Many of his pieces were commissioned, by for example the Ministry of Culture, BUMA Cultural Fund, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Federation of Netherlands Choral Unions and the Netherlands Radio Wind Ensemble. Influenced by ...
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Biography Piet Ketting
Piet Ketting composed mostly instrumental music, with chamber music playing a key role in his oeuvre. Many of his pieces were commissioned, by for example the Ministry of Culture, BUMA Cultural Fund, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Federation of Netherlands Choral Unions and the Netherlands Radio Wind Ensemble. Influenced by Willem Pijper, his music was initially characterized by forceful rhythms and complex polymetric writing. From 1935, melody played a larger role and his work became moreover increasingly contrapuntal. Ketting was also active as a performer. He conducted various choirs and appeared as a pianist, principally as an interpreter of contemporary music. He introduced much new music in the Netherlands. With the Feltkamp-Ketting-Stotijn trio, he toured Asia and South America. He also wrote music reviews for the NRC, Rotterdams Nieuwsblad and Telegraph newspapers.
1922 - 1926
Piet Ketting (born November 29, 1904, Haarlem) studies at the Toonkunst Conservatory in Utrecht under the direction of the conductor Anton Averkamp.
1926 - 1932
Upon graduating, Ketting continues his studies with several teachers: he studies composition with Willem Pijper, singing and choral conducting with Jan Dekker, and orchestration with Evert Cornelis.
1930 - 1931
Piet Ketting begins teaching music theory, choral conducting, composition and choral classes at the Toonkunst Conservatory in Rotterdam. His first 'Symphonie' is premiered in June 1931, conducted by Evert Cornelis.
For his trio with Johan Feltkamp (flute) and Jaap Stotijn (oboe), Piet Ketting writes the 'Sonata for Flute, Oboe and Piano'. The trio often perform abroad.
In the Symphonia-series of the Amsterdam publisher H.J.W. Becht – 'A series of contributions toward knowledge of Music History' – Ketting publishes the short biography 'Claude-Archille Debussy'.
1946 - 1949
Ketting is director of the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum. He is appointed conductor of the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra and conducts the Rotterdam Chamber Choir.
1957 - 1959
Piet Ketting resigns from the Toonkunst Conservatory in Rotterdam and for three consecutive years leads conducting courses in Rotterdam.
In Rotterdam, Ketting publishes 'Vondels 'De Getrouwe Haagdis', gecomponeerd en gezien in het licht der dramaturgie (in memoriam Balthazar Verhagen)' [Vondel’s 'The Faithful Lizard', composed and seen in a dramaturgical light], for four-part women’s choir.
Ketting composes 'Verba quellarum' to a commission from the International Choral Festival in Scheveningen.
Piet Ketting receives the Visser Neerlandia Prize for his 'Four Poems by Martinus Nijhoff', for mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra.
For 'Preludium, Interludium e Postludium per due pianoforti' (1971), Piet Ketting is awarded the Willem Pijper Prize by the Johan Wagenaar Foundation. Like some of his other compositions, 'Tema con sei variazioni in modo cabalistico' (1976) reflects Ketting’s extensive study of numerological symbolism in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Piet Ketting dies in Rotterdam on May 25.
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