Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk composer

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2016h Aan de Bruid (*To the Bride*) 13 min ca. Five Ingmar Heytze poems for mezzo-soprano, violin, clarinet, viola and cello

Written for the Arto Ensemble: Rosina Fabius (mezzo-soprano), Nancy Braithwaite (clarinet), Amarins Wierdsma (violin), Prunella Pacey (viola), Guus Fabius (cello)to celebrate 20 years of Kromme Rijn Concerten.

The composer and the Arto Ensemble gratefullt aknowledge the financial support of the Elise Mathilde Fonds, the KF Hein Fonds and the Provinciaal Utrechts Genootschap voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen (PUG).

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2016g Super Suite 35 min Suite in seven parts for clarinet and string quartet

For the Bennewitz Quartet and Harry-Imre Dijkstra

2016f Super 'Pange, lingua' 5'20 Clarinet and string quartet

For the Bennewitz Quartet and Harry-Imre Dijkstra

2016e Super 'Dies' 5 Clarinet and string quartet

For the Bennewitz Quartet and Harry-Imre Dijkstra

2016d Super 'Victimae' 6'30 Clarinet and string quartet

For the Bennewitz Quartet and Harry-Imre Dijkstra

2016c I look o'er Yander 9 min two recorder quintets (SATTB - ATTB,GB) and optional alto recorder soloist

Written for the Lyme Regis Recorder Courses 2016

2016b He is not here 4'25 Piano solo

For Marcel Worms

2016a Super 'Spiritus' 1'40 Clarinet and string quartet

For the Bennewitz Quartet and Harry-Imre Dijkstra.

2015d Planctus super 'Jusques à quand' (Ps.13) 5'19 Clarinet and string quartet

For the Bennewitz Quartet and Harry-Imre Dijkstra.

Part of a projected Super Suite (working title), seven dance pieces over liturgical hymns.

2015c Super 'Mitten wir im Leben sind' 4'20 clarinet and string quartet

For the Bennewitz Quartet and Harry-Imre Dijkstra.

Part of the projected Super Suite (working title), seven pieces based on hymns.

2015b Super 'Stella' 3'52 Clarinet, two violins, viola and cello

for the Bennevitz Quartet and Harry-Imre Dijkstra

2015a String Quartet 'Moravian Souls' 21 min. ca Two violins, viola, cello

Written for the Škampa Quartet

2014c Deep River - funk version 4 min. low mezzo-soprano or alto, two violins, viola, cello, double bass and percussion

written for singer Nora Fisher and Fuse, première Concertgebouw, Tracks Thankgiving concerts November 26 & 27 2014

2014b Zarabanda 5'30 Violin solo

Written for Rosanne Philippens. She played the first performance on September 8, 2014 in the Kammermusiksaal of the Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg.

2014a Two Lyrical Dances 10'30 for cello and piano

for Mascha van Nieuwkerk

2013b Danse Macabre 8 min. Mezzo-soprano, tenor saxophone and marimba

Written for Karin Strobos (mezzo-soprano) and the Duo Sax & Stix (Eva van Grinsven, saxophone and Ramon Lormans, percussion)

Premiere: Amsterdam, Grachtenfestival, August 25 2013 in the Compagnietheater.
text: W.H. Auden

2013a Sonata 'Deep River' 25 min. ca Violin and piano

Written for the Duo Philippens & Van Nieuwkerk.
Commissioned by the Stichting Slotconcerten Zeist.

Financially supported by the Stichting Slotconcerten Zeist, the Municipality Zeist and the Van Veenendaal-Bot Foundation

First performance on March 24, 2013 at the Slot Zeist.

2012c Deep River Dancing 4 min. String orchestra, marimba & percussion

Based on different versions of Deep River, the well know ‘Negro spiritual’, written for the Fusion String Ensemble Fuse

2012b The Bridal Kiss 4 min. Recorder quartet T-T-B-GB

Scenes from a Jewish wedding ritual, with Klezmer influences.

Published by Tre Fontane.

2012a Ludwig was here (wasn't he)... 4 min. ca. Alto recorder and piano

This is the version for recorder and piano of the 3rd movement of my duo sonata for violin and piano. Published by Edition Tre Fontane.

A midi version of the piano (for practising purpose) is available.

2011b Mein Kind, wir waren Kinder, zwei Kinder klein und froh... 3 min. Song for (mezzo)soprano, baritone and piano

Two-part version of a one-part original

Text: Heinrich (Harry) Heine

2011a Stamping Ground (for Angels) 4 min.ca Recorder quartet SATB

Based on the estampita Tre Fontane, and dedicated to Edition Tre Fontane (Heida Vissing and Ronald Brox), Münster, Germany, in celebration of their 10th anniversary.

A recording by the Flanders Recorder Quartet, together with Catch (an Angel) and Kadanza has appeared in the fall of 2012.


2010 Bergidylle 25 min. ca soprano, clarinet and piano
Text: Heinrich Heine

Narrative song cycle in three movements for soprano, clarinet and piano on three poems ‘Aus der Harzreise’ (1824) by Heinrich Heine

Written for the Trio Amare: Sabine Wuethrich, soprano, Céleste Zewald, clarinet, Daniel Kramer, piano.
Written with financial support of the trio itself.

2009b Mein Kind, wir waren Kinder, zwei Kinder klein und froh... 3 min. Song for (mezzo)soprano and piano

For Mascha, Thierry and the members of Winfried

Text: Heinrich (‘Harry’) Heine

2009a Piano trio 'De tout mon coeur' 25 min. ca Trio for piano, violin and cello

For the Atlantic Trio (Bas Verheijden, piano, Vegard Nilsen, violin, Ansfried Plat, cello)

2008c Serenade for little x 1 min. 32 Violin, cello, piano

For Giuseppina Carolina Benders (born 29 september 2008)

2008b Due Scherzi 10 min. ca 2 violins, 2 violas, violoncello

An arrangment for string quintet of two movements of my guitar quintet Over the Water, for young violin player Lisa Jacobs and her ensemble.

2008a From near and from afar 12 min. Carillon and recorder player at a distance (treble renaissance and alto baroque recorders)

Written for Arie Abennes and Saskia Coolen, commissioned and funded by the Utrecht Carillon Society as part of the celebration of their eightieth birthday.

2007c 'Over the Water' for guitar and string quartet 24 min ca. Guitar Quintet / guitar and string quartet: guitar, two violins, viola and cello

For Tom Kerstens & the G+ Ensemble, with financial support of the ThuisKopie Fonds

2007b Recorders Without Borders ca. 5 min Recorders A(A,T) T(T,B)BB ad lib.

Four graded pieces for recorder quartet or sextet ad lib.

Published by Edition Tre Fontane, Münster.

2007a2 Over the Water 2 min. tenor recorder and piano

for Sas and Mas
…who both came from ‘over the water’.
Published by Tre Fontane

2007a1 Over the Water ca.2 min cello & piano (or violin, or recorder, and piano)

For Saskia & Maarten Coolen

2006d The Lamb & The Tyger 8' Chamber choir SATB

Arrangement for mixed chamber choir of The Lamb & The Tyger for female choir (1999b), originally written for ‘Klein Vrouwenkoor Orpheus’, cond. Albert Wissink

tekst: William Blake

2006c Catch (an Angel) 60 sec. Recorders SAAT

For Brisk Recorder Quartet at its 20th anniversary.

First performance in Paris, September 23 2006, at the Institut Neérlandais.

2006b The Kiss 3' ca. string quartet
a version for small string ensemble will follow soon

For Coosje Wijzenbeek, from Mascha & Willem Wander van Nieuwkerk

2006a score for 'The Birdwatcher' 11' Pianoquartet (violin, viola, cello, piano)

Music for ‘The Birdwatcher’, television shortplay directed by Ellen Blom, written by Sanne Vogel & Ellen Blom after an idea of Ellen Blom.

2005 Three Dance Capriccio's 12 min Violin and piano

Written for the Duo Philippens - Van Nieuwkerk, commissioned by violin paedagogue Coosje Wijzenbeek with Financial support of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund.

2004c Trio 17' violin, clarinet, piano

Commissioned by the Bartók Trio (Marta Abraham, Nancy Braithwaite, Bas Verheijden), financially supported by the ThuisKopiefonds.
1st perf. November 2004, Kromme Rijn Concerts, Dutch Reformed Church, Bunnik.

2004b Sic accensa profatur (Dido's Complaint) 7' Song for soprano, accompanied by violin and piano

For prof. dr. Daan den Hengst, commissioned by the University of Amsterdam’s Dept. of Classical Studies.

Tekst: Vergil, Aenid IV 362 - 392

2004a Polder Winds Blowing 6’ 5 graded pieces for 4 saxophones or mixed winds ad lib.

In part arrangements of ‘Piano in the Polder’, 2002

2003b Simple Suite 6’ string ensemble: violins 1 &2, viola, cellos 1 & 2

Four graded pieces. Also in a version for violins 1,2, & 3 with cello (or double bass)

2003a Kalenda Maya 10' String Quartet
  1. Pavane
  2. Estampida

For the young Giocondo Kwartet, commissioned by Coosje Wijzenbeek, 1st perf. Copenhagen 2003, Dutch Ambassy

The audio clip features the first half of the first movement.

2002c Piano in the Polder 5’30” 8 graded pieces (elementary to intermediate) for piano two and four hands
  1. Squarely Twirling
  2. Always Fair Weather
  3. Over the Water
  4. Cantus

Commissioned by BuZZing (a Piano Teacher’s Foundation), in a single edition with four pieces by Nathalie Boogers

2002b Piano Quintet 17' 2 violins, viola, cello and piano

1st perf. Zuoz, Switserland, August 2002
Commissioned by mrs. Nancy Chumanchenco, director of Margess International of Switzerland

2002a Concerto Grosso 15' small string orchestra

Commissioned by the Constantijn Youth String Orchestra, cond. Roeland Robert.

2001 Little Swiss Fantasy 2’42” Four violins

1st perf. Tarasp (Swiss, Unter-Engadin), November 1, 2001

Commissioned by Margess International International of Switzerland for RadioDiffusion Suisse

2000 Fantasque 3'15 piano

for Yuri van Nieuwkerk

1999d Tiny Web ad lib. Canon for 4 voices

text: W.W. van Nieuwkerk

1999c Utrecht Mirror of Saints / Utrechtse Heiligenspiegel 60' (double) mixed choir, children’s choir and chamber orchestra/ string quartet; parts arranged for carillon, brass quartet and percussion
Movements: see program note

for the Monteverdi Chamber Choir, Cathedral Youth Choir, Choir of the Dom Cathedral, commissioned by Cittá della Musica, 1st perf. Utrecht, Jacobi Church

Tekst: Andries Govaart

1999b The Lamb & The Tyger 8' Diptych for female choir/ mixed (youth)choir
1. The Lamb
2. The Tyger

for ‘Klein Vrouwenkoor Orpheus’, cond. Albert Wissink

tekst: William Blake

1999a The Water-Call 8' Recorders SSATBB, harp (or 2 guitars)

for the Praetorius Ensemble, cond. Norbert Kunst, premiere: Utrecht 1999

1998b O Nederlanden 15' solo voices SSATB, recorder (also gamba), cyther (also percussion), percussion (also gamba), 5 winds, (zinc, pommer, cornetto, 2 trombones) Movements: see program note

Performed during the national celebration of the Munster Treaty (1648) 1998 in de Ridderzaal in The Hague, by Camerata Trajectina and Ensemble Oltremontano. Commissioned by the Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal

tekst: anoniem 17e eeuw

1998a Trio 15' Clarinet or viola, cello and piano

Commissioned by the Dutch Association for Amateur music

1997 The Vision 15' Mixed choir and orchestra

Voor Toonkunstkoor Utrecht (Utrecht Choral Society), cond. Jos Vermunt, 1st. perf. Muziekcentrum Vredenburg Utrecht
Tekst: William Blake

1996b Theatre Tango 4' Recorders ATBB

Originally part of incidental music for ‘Groeten uit zee’ (Greetings from the Sea) 1996a

1996a Groeten uit zee (een muzikale vertelling) [Greetings from the Sea; a musical narrative] 40' narrator/singer, 4 recorderplayers with various recorders, harp

For Brisk Recorder Kwartet Amsterdam, 1st perf. Haarlem, Concertgebouw

Produced by David Prins, voice: Maureen Sariparnussa, commissioned by North-Holland Philharmonic Orchestra’s Educational Service and the Provinc Noord- Holland, financially supported by the ThuisKopie Fonds.
Tekst: Joke van Leeuwen

1995c Filmscore 'Zoë' 45' Bigband without percussion, harp

TV Shortplay commissioned by KRO/Stimuleringsfonds/Cobofonds, recorded by the Metropole Orkest, cond. Dick Bakker

1995b The Lamb & The Tyger 8' Diptych for mezzosoprano and jazz orchestra (to be published)

1st perf. VPRO-Radio/IJsbreker, Amsterdam, Big Band of the Hilversum Conservatory, cond. Erik van Lier, zang: Christa Lips
Tekst: William Blake

1995a Hymnen 15' choir SATB

for the choir of St. Caecilia’s Church, Houten, cond. Evert Wachter, commissioned by the Dutch Saint Gregory Foundation

Text: 5 Latin liturgical texts

1995-96 Rare Haren (Hair Cut Crazy ) 45' short pieces for bassclarinet, violin and piano (not yet published)

music for children’s dance theater

1994b Bye Day, Bye Night! 15' children’s choir and piano (or small orchestra)

For Children’s Choir De Kickers, 1st perf. Purmerend, commissioned by the Educational Service of the Province Noord-Holland
Tekst: Mariëlle van Kilsdonk

1994a Voci, voci 9' (tenor)recorder

for Peter Holtslag, 1st perf. Amsterdam, IJsbreker

1993-94 The Darling Buds of May 7' symf. orch. 2222 2as 211 perc, stringorchestra

For the Riciotti Ensemble, supported by the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst

1993 Bye bye, blues (C-U, Jesus) 4' Renaissance recorders ATB

for La Fontegara Amsterdam, with support of the Pro Musis Foundation
1st perf. Germany, Münster 1993

1992e Short story from a no man's land 12' flute, horn, saxes AAT, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, piano, doublebass

For De Volharding (supported by the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst), 1st perf. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

1992d Do not go gentle into that good night 4' male choir 2-4 voices ad lib

For the Canoldir Male Choir, 1st perf. Wales, Presteigne Festival

Tekst: Dylan Thomas

1992c Motetus X 9' Male choir

Commissioned by SNK/Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst (with ‘Do not go gentle’)

Text: Shakespeare

1992b Intro 3' 2 recorders

Incidental music for the folk play ‘Fulco the Minstrel’ IJsselstein 1992

1992a Soundtrack 'Hot Dog Tales' 10' piano, clarinet, violin

‘Hotdog Tales’, short movie by Nicol van Kilsdonk about the desolate fair at Long Island; PallMall Movie Productions.

Music as yet unpublished.

1991e Romance for piano 1'10 Piano

from the soundtrack to ‘Post Reykjavik’ by Nicole van Kilsdonk

1991d The Party 7' Recorders SATB/SATB

Commissioned by SONBU (supported by the Fonds voor de Schepppende Toonkunst), 1st perf. Open Dutch Recorder Days 1992, Utrecht

1991c Romance for horn & piano 3' horn, piano

from the soundtrack to ‘Post Reykjavik’ by Nicole van Kilsdonk

1991b Quartet 17' Renaissance recorders ATBB
Movements: I - II (poco largo) - III - IV (coda)

for Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam; 1st perf. at the Warwick Festival (UK) 1992

1991a Soundtrack 'Post Reykjavik' 20' piano, horn

Music for Nicole van Kilsdonks shortplay; parts published as Romance for horn and piano

1990b The Call 12' organ

for Joop van Goozen, 1st perf. Nicolas Church Amsterdam; Commissioned by the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst

1990 Incidental music for 'Schik met Schrik' (Super Startle) 35' synthesizer

songs, dances and atmospheric music for children’s dance theatre, by Company, for children age 5 - 8; unpublished

1989b Kadanza 2'30 renaissance recorders STB

1st perf. Münster, Germany, by La Fontegara Amsterdam

1989a Incidental music for 'Helden' (Heroes) 45' synthesizer

Heroes, children’s dance theatre by chorographer Katelijne VanDuffel, produced by Company

1988-89 Blocks / Blokken 60' mezzosoprano, renaissance recorders (SS, S, A (in G), T, B, Cb, one player) two percussionists, tape

1st perf. Amsterdam, Frascati by Stichting Recorders, commissioned by the Amsterdam Arts Council

Text: Plath, Auden, Yeats

1988 Incidental music for 'Wout aan de wandel' (Woody's walks) 35' piano, synthesizer

Children’s dance theater

1987 Adagio, non adagio 7' Variable trio: oboe (or violin or altorecorder), horn (or bassoon or cello) and harpsichord (or piano).

For Trio La Luna

1986 So Tear 16' Three renaissance recorders

Written for La Fontegara Amsterdam, 1st perf. Venlo, Museum Van Bommel Van Dam

1986 Ombres II: Selon 6’ guitar solo

for Tom Kerstens

1985b Ombres I: Après 4' Guitar solo

for Tom Kerstens

1985a First Things First 70’ Dance opera: three dansers, three singers, three electrical guitarists, three percussionists

1st perf.: Amsterdam, Shaffy Theater, Company
Choreography: Marjolein van Nieuwkerk

Text by the composer

1984b Very Nicely 7 Four songs for mezzo-soprano or baritone and piano (also arr. for sopr., fl., guit. / sopr., fl., guit., and harp)

Tekst: e.e. cummings’

1984a Oh-song 3 flute, saxes SAT, 2 trumpets, horn, 2 trombones, piano, double bass

1st perf. Leiden, 1984 (Orchestra De Onderste Steen)

1980-82 Debris, Soli 60' 5 singers (SAATB), 2 clarinets, trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 electric guitars, bassguitar, 2 percussion

Text: Diop, Okigbo, Ginsburg, Plath, Cummings

1978 Autrui 12' Flute and piano

1st perf. Amsterdam, IJsbreker

1977 un- 30' guitar solo

1st perf. Amsterdam, IJsbreker by Tom Kerstens

1976 A Dream of War 10 Voices and variable ensemble

1st perf. University of Utrecht

1975 Book for Two Piano's 16' 2 piano’s

1st perf. AMsterdam, IJsbreker 1982