My violin sonata ‘Deep River’, written for the duo Rosanne Philippens and Yuri van Nieuwkerk, who performed it intensely and with abandon in a concert of the chamber music series that commissioned it, the Slotconcerten Zeist.
All four movements can be found here.
…like Catch (an Angel), a fast, short caccia, raising once more the ancient question how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or rather, on the tip of a recorder player’s tongue…
Brand new recording by the Flanders Recorder Quartet. Written for, and recorded by, the Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam.
Important and unique information about angels, their mytho-biological capacities and how these differ from those of other creatures of the imagination can be found here.
Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk is a Dutch composer of a new classical music, rich in lyricism and full of rhythmic vitality, that makes the 21st century resonate with the musical traditions of the 19th. Recent examples are his piano trio De tout mon coeur, Over the Water for guitar and string quartet and the songcycle Bergidylle.
Born in Amsterdam in 1955 of Indonesian-Dutch parents, he started as an improvising musician and only took to written composition while studying musicology at the University of Utrecht. Although he became a specialist in Modern Classical music, his work is marked by the expressive lyricism and formal richness of the Classical-Romantic tradition, while at the same time comprising Pop and Early Music idioms.
He has a mixed background in classic piano, jazz and percussion, and initially worked with self-styled ensembles that combined pop music and pop musicians with classical players and classical forms. His strong interest in Early Music resulted in a number of pieces for Early Music ensembles that successfully apply the sound quality of Early Music to Africa-derived rhythms and a contemporary, highly melodious and polyphonic idiom.
In his new chamber music for traditional chamber music ensembles the extremes of contemporary vernaculars, World Music and Early Music meet. Often having historical melodies as a starting point, sometimes taken from a specifically Dutch background (like the Antwerp Songbook), sometimes from a wider European one (like troubadour song or Protestant church music), these chamber music works combine contemporary rhythms and expression with the polyphony, ensemble playing and lyricism of Classical-romantic forms.