Author Topic: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980)  (Read 4555 times)

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Re: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980)
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2014, 08:46:43 PM »
The OP mentions Badings, Escher, and Vermeulen, but what about Pijper? I thought he was a major 20th Century Dutch composer?
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Re: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980)
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2014, 10:44:48 PM »
The OP mentions Badings, Escher, and Vermeulen, but what about Pijper? I thought he was a major 20th Century Dutch composer?

Agreed. Does he have his own thread somewhere? Too lazy to go digging.
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Re: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980)
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2014, 06:09:47 AM »
Agreed. Does he have his own thread somewhere? Too lazy to go digging.

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Re: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980)
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2017, 09:46:16 AM »
Escher's Musique pour l'esprit en deuil for orchestra is a truly remarkable WWII-era piece that vividly reflects the spirit of the times. To my ears, it is a very individual work that doesn't really sound like much else that I've heard - perhaps Honegger is the closest point of comparison. The orchestration is constantly ear-catching. Do yourself a favor and check it out: https://youtu.be/-ALYCV3_JQc

His Sonata concertante for cello and piano is another striking, turmoil-filled work that reaches an ecstatic, hard-won conclusion: https://youtu.be/WU0enDCMESY

I'm really looking forward to exploring the rest of Escher's modest output. Based on what I've heard, he's a highly individual composer who deserves much wider attention.

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Re: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980)
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2017, 09:52:32 AM »
Escher is a really great find. Grand, passionate music, and overall probably more interesting than Pijper, IMO.
Strange that he hasn´t been taken much up outside the Netherlands, as regards recordings. But there seems to be further recordings now, at least.
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Re: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980)
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2017, 10:14:40 AM »
Escher is a really great find. Grand, passionate music, and overall probably more interesting than Pijper, IMO.
Strange that he hasn´t been taken much up outside the Netherlands, as regards recordings. But there seems to be further recordings now, at least.

Hopefully the ever-enterprising CPO will eventually take up his cause as they have for his countrymen Röntgen, van Gilse, Hendrik Andriessen, and Badings :)

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Re: Rudolf Escher (1912-1980)
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2017, 05:35:05 AM »
Escher is a really great find. Grand, passionate music, and overall probably more interesting than Pijper, IMO.
Strange that he hasn´t been taken much up outside the Netherlands, as regards recordings. But there seems to be further recordings now, at least.

But can we actually say that a proper overall view of Pijper has been formed? His music is far from getting any kind of recognition as well. I’d add Vermeulen to that list along with Pijper and Escher.
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