The engimatic Anna Cramer
On 4th June 1968 Anna Cramer passed away. 95 years old. No family, no posessions apart from a suitcase locked away in a bank vault. On 22nd September Evert Jan Nagtegaal will be devoting a special edition of Die Sanck een Liedt to Anna Cramer, one of the most enigmatic composers the Netherlands has ever known.
Anna Merkje Cramer was born in Amsterdam on 15th July 1873, with a father who combined an office job with making oil. We know little more: we know almost nothing about Anna’s youth or the rest of her life. Only with the publication of the biography ‘Mythe en werkelijkheid’ in 1999 by Jeanine Landheer, some of the many gaps in the picture were filled.