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Richard Rijnvos

Richard Rijnvos

Richard Rijnvos


According to many, Richard Rijnvos is one of the leading composers in the Netherlands of the "post-Andriessen" generation. Born in 1964, he studied composition with Jan van Vlijmen and Brian Ferneyhough at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and followed a postgraduate at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg (Germany). In the period 1986-92 he came in touch with the American composers Morton Feldman and John Cage, who caused crucial changes in his development. Read more on Last.fm
According to many, Richard Rijnvos is one of the leading composers in the Netherlands of the "post-Andriessen" generation. Born in 1964, he studied composition with Jan van Vlijmen and Brian Ferneyhough at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and followed a postgraduate at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg (Germany). In the period 1986-92 he came in touch with the American composers Morton Feldman and John Cage, who caused crucial changes in his development. There are also a number of distinct extramusical influences by artists such as William Burroughs, Samuel Beckett, Joseph Beuys and Italo Calvino. cycles Since 1993 Richard Rijnvos concentrates on the realisation of compositions that are part of larger series.

The work Stanza, for instance, exists in a diatonic, chromatic and microtonal version. Between 1995 and 2000 he created the eighty-minute cycle Block Beuys. Modelled on the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt collection with the same name, which consists of objects by the German visual artist Joseph Beuys, he dedicated a piece of music to each of its seven rooms. Late 2008 Richard Rijnvos completed Uptown|Downtown, an urban panorama in six 'movements'.

This series - thought of as an evening-long dance production about city life in Manhattan – include the orchestral works Times Square Dance, Washington Square Dance and Union Square Dance, as well as Grand Central Dance, Central Dance in the Park and ’cross Broadway for piano and chamber orchestra. (These last three compositions can be combined in a concert performance, thus forming a piano concerto entitled NYConcerto). La Serenissima is the title of a series of works dealing with 'the city of Venice en her shadows'. Between the outer movements (acqua alta and mappamondo) various works will follow.

In 2007 Richard Rijnvos started a new series called Riflessi, which consists exclusively of companion pieces. Each Riflesso explores the same exceptional scoring of an existing classic by a composer from the past. awards Richard Rijnvos received various awards, among which the Perspektief Prize 1989 and a honourable mention during the 1991 Prix Italia for his radiophonic production Radio I (on text by Samuel Beckett). In 2000 the City of Amsterdam awarded him the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize, the most prestigious award for composers working in the Netherlands, for Times Square Dance. In the summer of 2004 HatHut Records released the CD of the integral cycle Block Beuys.

Last year an international jury voted NYConcerto 'the best composition premiered in the Netherlands in the year 2007', and it was subsequently awarded the Buma Toonzetters Award. miscellaneous Richard Rijnvos is artistic advisor of the Ives Ensemble of which he was managing director from 1991 until 2000. He regularly conducts his own work as well as other’s. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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