26-01-1934 - 05-05-1998
Ton Bruynèl was the first Dutch composer to set up his own electronic studio. Almost all of his works combine music performed live and taped sounds whose timbres, though electronically generated, closely relate to those of the instrument. Bruynèl's music has a pronounced panoramic character. He found his most important ...
Biography Ton Bruynèl
Ton Bruynèl was the first Dutch composer to set up his own electronic studio. Almost all of his works combine music performed live and taped sounds whose timbres, though electronically generated, closely relate to those of the instrument. Bruynèl's music has a pronounced panoramic character. He found his most important sources of inspiration in natural phenomena, the visual arts and poetry. “I have great respect for the instrumental sound,” he said in 1983. “Such a thing shouldn't be taped or amplified with microphones and loudspeakers. That is always detrimental to it, because you're throwing two things together. But if you put a few instruments there, and then the tape over them, that's beautiful.”
Ton Bruynèl is born on January 26 in Utrecht.
1952 - 1956
He studies the piano with Wolfgang Wijdeveld at the Utrecht Conservatory. He orientates himself in electronic music at the Delft University of Technology and later in Utrecht at the STEM (Studio voor Elektronische Muziek).
Bruynèl sets up his own studio on the Schalkwijkstraat in Utrecht. “I wanted to have my own atelier, just like a painter or a sculptor,” he later says. At the end of the 1960s he moves to a farmhouse on the river Vecht.
Bruynèl makes his first electronic composition, 'Studie', for piano and sound tracks.
At the International Gaudeamus Music Week, his composition 'Mobile' (1965), for two sound tracks, wins the prize for the best Dutch entry.
1971 - 1975
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam exhibits Bruynèl's audiovisual 'Kubusprojekt' [Cube Project], created in collaboration with the architect Aldo van Eijck and sculptor Carel Visser. About this time, he becomes a composition teacher at the Utrecht Conservatory, a position he holds until the late 1980s. 'Phases' for orchestra and sound tracks is performed at the International Society for Contemporary Music festival in Paris.
1983 - 1986
In 1983, the Dutch National Ballet makes the production 'Landschap' using four of his compositions. In 1986, he is awarded a prize at the International Festival for electronic music in Bourges, France, for 'Chicharras' (1985), a project with the poet Bert Schierbeek, and 'Adieu petit prince' (1983), on texts by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. About this time, he takes up residence in Pedraza de la Sierra, Spain, but returns after several years to the Netherlands.
Bruynèl moves to Mailly, France.
He completes the video opera 'Non sono un uccello', a commission from VPRO television that he realizes in collaboration with the director Fred van Dijk. Ton Bruynèl dies on May 5 at age 64 in Mailly.
On February 3, the Ton Bruynèl Foundation is established to administer his work and, in keeping with his wishes, stimulate the development of composers in the field of electronic music.
Discography Ton Bruynèl
Harrie Starreveld - Imaginary Landscape
|Type and year||CD, 1997|
|Label||NM Classics, NM 92068|
|componist||Ton de Leeuw|
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