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Fons Brouwer was born in 1963 (Amsterdam - Netherlands).

He studied organ with Simon C. Jansen ('76-'80). After his graduation at the Vossius Gymnasium Amsterdam, Fons Brouwer continued his organ studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Jacques van Oortmerssen ('80-'86). At the same conservatory Fons Brouwer studied composition with Daan Manneke ('85-'93) and orchestration with Geert van Keulen. In addition, he also attended masterclasses given by the composers Morton Feldman and John Cage in The Festival of Contemporary Music Zeeland. In 1993 he received the composition award of the Sweelinck Conservatory. Currently Fons Brouwer is working as an editor at the publishing house and library of contemporary Dutch music Muziek Centrum Nederland (Donemus). He composed works for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. Most of his works have been published by Donemus - Amsterdam. His stringquartet Tempera was selected for the final-round of the BUMA - Concours 1993. Quintessens for organ (1993) was recorded on compact disc by Christine Kamp (VIO 9502).

In 2010 he produced the Complete Piano Solo Works of Ton de Leeuw on 2 Cd's and scores (Muziek Centrum Nederland).

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List of compositions
(for a full description, click titles)

Solo (1986) a 4 voci, for soprano-, contralto-, tenor- and bass solo (9') - not published

Transitus (1987) for piano, violoncello and 2 percussionists (9') - Donemus, Amsterdam

La casa (1990; C. Pavese) for baritone and piano (15') - Donemus, Amsterdam

Tempera (1991) for string quartet (23') - Donemus, Amsterdam

Sellingers Rownde or The Beginning of the World (Variations on the Variations by W. Byrd; 1992) for a. violin, bass clarinet, violoncello and piano (3') b. for wind ensemble (4') - Donemus, Amsterdam

La terra e la morte (1993; C. Pavese) for mixed choir (9') - Donemus, Amsterdam

Quintessens (1993) for organ (9') - Donemus, Amsterdam (Quintessens MP3)

Three Russian songs (Sergei Rachmaninov) (1994): arr. for choir and 2 piano's (14') - Donemus, Amsterdam

Argia (1994; I. Calvino) for mixed choir and piano quintet (8') - Donemus, Amsterdam 

Due Poesie del 1946 (1994; C. Pavese) for baritone and piano (12') - Donemus, Amsterdam

De dooi (The thaw) (1996; W. Smit) for contralto and organ (5') - Donemus, Amsterdam
Now English version available!

Mnajdra (1997) for recorder quartet (12') - Donemus, Amsterdam

Festina lente (2003) for organ (7') - not published

Maak ons uw liefde, God (2009), for organ and instrument - Muziek & Liturgie

Ballade du désespéré (Louis Vierne), Op. 61 (1931; Henry Murger): arr. (2009) for voice and organ (16')

 


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