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Peter-Jan Wagemans

Peter-Jan Wagemans
Peter-Jan Wagemans

(1952) is one of the Netherlands' best known composers. In his work Wagemans aims at developing and renewing the European tradition. In the last ten years Wagemans' work has been performed by virtually every Dutch orchestra and musical group. In February 2007 his opera Legende (Legend) had its premiere, and was reviewed favourably. The libretto of this opera is based on the 19th century fairy-tale of Meester Prikkebeen (Master Pricklylegs). In 2005 his work Gravity Music was performed, written for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In addition Hagemans has composed work for the Schönberg Ensemble as well as a piano cycle for pianist Tomoko Mukaijama. In 1999 he was recipient of the ANV-Visser-Neerlandiaprijs and in 1990 won the Matthijs Vermeulenprijs. Wagemans lectures Composition and Theory of Music at the conservatory of Rotterdam and from 2000-2006 he worked as a musical programmer with the Holland Symfonia Orchestra.

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  • Winternachten 2008 – Winternachten zaterdagavond

    Between Fear and Hope Part 3: art and religion

    The conclusion of the tryptich. After science, literature and architecture we now enter the fields of religion and music, and the writer has the final say. 'Hope' doesn't merely have to be aimed at the future, tradition can also play a vital role. But to what extent do our cultural traditions still have any power of expression? In her work clergywoman and hospital chaplain Abeltje Hoogenkamp makes use of religious conventions. For composer Peter-Jan Wagemans Wagner is the composer who succeeds in expressing human emotions at the highest level. Wagemans will play his musical hope on the piano. Does writer Adriaan van Dis know the saving power of tradition? In his seven part documentary, to be seen on tv in January, Van Dis returns to southern Africa, to countries he once visited as a travel writer. In Dutch.