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The Palace of Nostalgia
Jazz, blues and nostalgia. Wandering through the music history in The Palace. With Dmitri Shostakovitch, who, in a bet with conductor Nikolai Malko, had a go at ’Tea for Two’; the Orkest Zonder Naam with De Karekieten in the ‘Jagerslied’; jazz of Coleman Hawkins with Clark Terry. The British comic duo Flanders & Swann sing about a wart hog, ‘Mist o’ the moon’ of composer Harry Revel by Les Baxter and Dr Samuel J. Hoffmann, the great master on the theremin. Wim Sonneveld gets excited about people who, right after WW II, complain that ‘things are worse than under the krauts’, and Dalida sings a lullaby for her beloved, the girl street trader of fruit from Lisbon, who came to be ‘the queen of fado’. Furthermore: Sarah Vaughan, Hans Dorrestijn and the Italian beauty Katyna Ranieri.
Haydn’s revolutionary ‘ Sun Quartet’
By Thijs Bonger What does the sun have to do with Haydn’s string quartets? More than you might think. Because Haydn wrote so much music and it’s not so easy to remember all the opus numbers, all the nicknames are very handy. The six quartets opus 20 from 1772 were rapidly christened the ‘Sun Quartets’, because publisher Hummel from Amsterdam portrayed a rising sun on the title page. He probaly never realised how apposite the rising sun was, because it was just these quartets which started off a new age for this genre. We think of opus 20 as among his early works but he was already 40 and had already written about 50 symphonies. His development in the two genres didn’t run in parallel. In Haydn’s hands the string quartet comes to full maturity with opus 20. It now always has four movements and each instrument gets the same attention For centuries Haydon’ model has been an inspiration for later generations of composers.
Composer of the month: Alphons Diepenbrock
Composer of the month for July 2020 is Dutchman Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921). He lived exactly three centuries after Sweelinck and for many of his generation he was the first Dutch composer since Sweelinck with an international reputation. In his works a number of traditions come together in a complex manner. As a good Catholic he knew his Gregorian very well. His second love was German culture, and not the Prussian military tradition of Wilhelm II but the early romanticisim of poets such as Eichendorff and Hoffmann. Above all Diepenbrock was one of the first in this country to accept Debussy’s language. Diepenbrock called himself a vocally oriented composer, introduced the symphonic poem genre and his music has inspired Dutch musicians for more than a century.
Newsletter July outline: look for the sun…and Sensenta
The sun shines through in this summer newsletter.You can read about the Sun Quartet opus 20 by Joseph Haydn. And about music at the court of Louis 14th,, the Sun King. Then we’d like to draw your attention to programme maker Harrold Roeland, the spiritual father of one of our most unique programmes: Sensenta. Started almost 200 episodes ago and still the musical story rolls on in its fixed spot on Sunday evenings. The next newsletter will appear at the end of August, until then have a lovely summer wherever you are !