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Solo a 4 voci
Year of composition: 1986
Duration: 9'00
Scoring: soprano, contralto, tenor and bass solo
Dedicated to: -
Published by: - not published
First performence:
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Transitus
Year of composition: 1987
Duration: 9'00
Scoring: piano,violoncello and 2 percussionists
Dedicated to: Louk Costongs
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
Comment: Transitus (Latin): transition, transitory.
First performence: 12 May 1987, Keizersgrachtkerk, Amsterdam
Pieter Wispelwey - violoncello, Wim Leising - piano
René Oussoren, Walter van Meyel - percussion
René Nieuwint - conductor
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La casa
Year of composition: 1990
Duration: 15'00
Scoring: baritone and piano
Dedicated to: R. F. M. Brouwer
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
First performence: 06 June 1991, Bachzaal, Amsterdam
Geert Smits - baritone, Dido Keuning - piano
Comment: La casa was composed based on a poem by the Italian writer Cesare Pavese (1908 - 1950).
La casa is the last song in a three-part cycle of songs based on texts by Cesare Pavese. The three poems, Le piante del lago, Anche tu sei l'amore and La casa are part of Pavese's later style, the characteristic features of which include stylistic austerity and the rejection of the traditional, melodious rhythmicity of Italian. During this period, Pavese had, as a result of his keen interest in the ancient classics, became interested in the myth. Unique, original places would hold a fascination for him: the hill representing all hills, the house representing all houses. Rather than sensuous emblems, the poems images such as earth, the sea, withered greenery et cetera are abstract symbols without reference to the concrete reality. Poetry is not a feeling but a condition, is not to understand but to be, the 20 February 1946 entry of Pavese's diary says.
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Tempera
Year of composition: 1991
Duration: 23'00
Scoring: string quartet
Dedicated to: Marianne van der Hoop
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
First performence: 28 May 1993, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
J.A. Perez Medina - violin I, Michal Siwy - violin II
Jan-Willem van der Eijk - viola, Agaath Kooistra - violoncello
René Nieuwint - conductor
Comment: Tempera, painting method in which finely ground pigment is mixed with a base such as albumen, egg yolk, or thin glue. It is the earliest known method of painting; in the early Egyptian and Greek civilisations it was used for murals. It was the exclusive panel medium in the Middle Ages. When used on wood panels, as it was for altarpieces and easel paintings, it was applied on a smooth, white gesso underpainting. Tempera produces clear, pure colors that resist oxidation.
Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Tintoretto adopted this technique. It was not supplanted by the more subtle oil paint until c.1400 in N Europe and c.1500 in Italy. A modern revival of tempera included the 19th-century Swiss artist Arnold Böcklin and the 20th-century American Rothko and Clemente in the 20th century.
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Sellingers Rownde or The Beginning of the World
(Variations on the Variations by W. Byrd)
Year of composition: 1992
Duration: 3'00
Scoring:
a. violin, bassclarinet, violoncello and piano (3')
b. wind ensemble(4')
Commissioned by: Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst written on request of Susan Pond
Dedicated to: Jan Nuchelmans
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
First performence: 21 May 1992, Muziektheater, Amsterdam
Petroff - violin, Judith van Swaay - violoncello
Joris Wiener - basclarinet, Paul Prenen - piano
René Nieuwint - conductor
Comment: William Byrd's (1542-1623) variations on this famous sixteenth-century dance tune are found in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and also in his My Ladye Nevells Booke (1591). It seems to have been one of the best-known and most popular melodies of its day, and a great variety of verses and ballads were set to it. No original words are known and neitheris the origin of the tune. However, there is an explanation of The Beginning of the World in Thomas Tomkins's comedy Lingua, 1607: 'Anamnestes: By the same token thu first tune the planets plaied, I remember Venus the treble ran sweet diuision upon Saturne the base. The first tune they plaied was Sellingers round, in memory whereof euer since, it hath beene called the beginning of the world'.
William Byrd s nine variations on the twenty-bar tune vary in type; the harmonic basis changes with a freely moving bass in some of the later sections.
The melody, often lost in elaborate figuration, moves between the two upper parts.
In the Variations on the Variations Fons Brouwer used the material of Byrd's variations in several computer transformations.
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La terra e la morte
Year of composition: 1993
Duration: 9'00; (3 of the 9 parts are completed)
Scoring: mixed choir
Published by: -
First performence: 25 May 1993, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
Modern Times Choir, René Nieuwint - conductor
Comment: La terra e la morte was composed based on the poem-cycle 'La terra e la morte' (1945) by the Italian writer Cesare Pavese (1908 - 1950).
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Quintessens
Year of composition: 1993
Duration: 9'00
Scoring: Organ
Commissioned by: Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst
Dedicated to: Christine Kamp
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
First performence: 25 May 1993, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Ko Zwanenburg, organ
Comment: Quintessens (English - Quintessence): From Latin Quinta essentia. The fifth substance next to the four elements earth, water, air and fire.
1. Ether, fine substance above atmosphere pervading all bodies;
2. The purest embodiment of something; 
3. The true content (of something) in its smallest form, the principle, the main point.
Quintessens has been written for any type of organ with at least 1 manual (C-d3) and pedal, although a large instrument is preferable. Registration will depend on the amount of manuals, registers and couplers available.
Listen to Quintessens (MP3) performed by Christine Kamp. 
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Sergei Rachmaninov's Three Russian songs opus 41
Year of composition: 1926 (arr. 1994)
Duration: 13'30
Scoring: two piano's, choir of contralto's and basses
Dedicated to: Harry Geurts en Christine Kamp
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
First performence: 02 July 1994, Posthoornkerk, Amsterdam 
Kamerkoor Tegenstemmen
Christine Kamp, Harry Geurts, piano
René Nieuwint, conductor
Comment: Reduction (1994) of the orchestral version for two pianos, contraltos and basses.
[English and Dutch translation of the songs]
 
Argia
Year of composition: 1994
Duration: 7'30
Scoring: mixed choir, piano and stringquartet
Dedicated to: Thomas Spijkerboer
Published: During 1999 (Donemus, Amsterdam)
First performence: 18 June 1994, Posthoornkerk, Amsterdam
Lorca Kamerkoor, Daniël Rowland, Eva Stegeman, violin
Rogier van der Tak, viola, Evelien Prakke, violoncello
Christine Kamp, piano, René Nieuwint, conductor
Comment: Italo Calvino wrote a collection of short stories 'the Invisible Cities', the text used in this composition is one its stories.
The text paints a horrible picture of the air replaced by soil, where direction has no meaning and the inhabitants are buried alive. Even the music offers no comfort. She is based on rough, non-polished musical material: octaves as smitherees in the strings, a pianopart cluttering or sometimes falling to pieces and a very frugally elaborated text in the choir spinning around as a kaleidoscope.
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Due Poesie del 1946
Year of composition: 1994
Duration:
Le piante del lago - 7'30,
Anche tu sei l amore - 4'00
Scoring: baritone and piano
Commissioned by: Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst. Written on request of the Thijmgenootschap on the occassion of their ninetieth jubilee.
Dedicated to: Charles van Tassel en Marien van Nieukerken
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
First performence: 29 Oktober 1994, K&W, Fentener van Vlissingenzaal, Utrecht
Charles van Tassel - baritone, Marien van Nieukerken - piano
Comment: Due poesie del 1946 was composed on two texts by the Italian writer Cesare Pavese (1908 - 1950).
It is also possible to perform this composition as part of a cycles; combined with La casa. The sequence should be: 1. Le piante del lago; 2. Anche tu sei l'amore; 3. La casa
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De dooi (The thaw)
Year of composition: 1996
Duration: 5'00
Scoring: contralto and organ
Dedicated to: Rudolph Coster
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
First performence: 27 May 1996 Krijtbergkerk, Amsterdam
Irmgard von Azmuth,contralto, Christine Kamp, organ
Comment: Wie behoort deze stilte, deze strengte. (To whom belongs this silence, this severity) 
De dooi -in memory of Wilbert Smit- was composed on a text by the Dutch poet and painter Wilbert Smit (1948 - 1996).
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Mnajdra
Year of composition: 1997
Duration: 12'00
Scoring: recorder quartet (two tenors, basset en c-bass)
Commissioned by: Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst written on request of Brisk
Dedicated to: Karin Merx en Harry Druijf
Published by: Donemus, Amsterdam
First performence: January 1998, Zaal de Unie, Rotterdam, Brisk recorder quartet
Comment:Mnajdra refers to one of the most impressive prehistoric temple complexes on the isle of Malta. Situated by the sea, far away from the crowded world, this is the place that evokes ancient times. Here gods were killed and people degenerated into rocks.It is as though this place manifests itself as a counterpoint versus our culture: silent, monumental, mysterious.
  
 
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Festina lente
Year of composition: 2003
Duration: 7'00
Scoring: organ
Commissioned by: Commissioned by the Projecten Budget Professionele Kunsten of the Municipality of Alkmaar and the Province of Noord-Holland, at the request of the Stichting Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours on the occasion of the 2nd round of the Organ Festival Holland 2003 competition.
Dedicated to: Anthony Fiumara
Published by: available through the composer
First performence: 24 June 2003
Marco Facchin, Gerben Gritter, Pieter-Jelle de Boer, Masayo Katsuyama, Mina Choi, Hiroko Imai
Comment: Festina lente [make haste slowly] was written for the oldest playable organ in the Netherlands built by Jan van Covelens for the St. Laurenskerk at Alkmaar in 1511.
 
 
Maak ons uw liefde, God (Tussentijds 79)
Year of composition: 2009
Scoring: organ and instrument
Commissioned by: Muziek & Liturgie
Published by: Muziek & Liturgie 06-2009 78/3
  
Ballade du désespéré (Louis Vierne), Op. 61
Year of composition: 1931 (arr. 2009)
Duration: 16'00
Scoring: voice and organ
Comment: Poem by Henry Murger
Published by: not published
 
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