Peter-Jan Wagemans

Somewhere in the far land of Holland, a composer works on a splendid oeuvre. He stands alone in a restless world full of commerce, bloated political talk, technical tinkering and lack of fantasy. He writes on, because that is his task. And when he is finished, also his life is done. A good life.

Peter Jan Wagemans

Peter-Jan Wagemans (1952) is among the most important composers of the Netherlands. He can be regarded as the counterpart of his more famous colleague Louis Andriessen. Whereas Andriessen however is focused largely on American music, Wagemans is an outspoken European artist whose aim is to develop en renew the European tradition. This brings him in conflict with both the avant-garde and¬†conceptualism in the Netherlands. Wagemans does not see himself as a traditionalist. Further development of the musical heritage is his goal, but to be successful, all aspects, both of structural, emotional and communicative nature has to be in balance.  

Concerts

Texts

Elektrisch Goud (EN)

In 1973 betrad ik voor het eerst de elektronische studio van het conservatorium in Den Haag. De studio was gevestigd in een bijgebouw dat aan het statige en behoorlijk vervallen hoofdgebouw van onze school zat vastgemetseld. Aan de achterzijde bevond zich een deur, die op een binnenplaats uitkwam, het was mogelijk de... Read more