Baaren, Kees van

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Baaren, Kees van

Baaren, Kees van, important Dutch composer and pedagogue; b. Enschede, Oct. 22, 1906; d. Oegstgeest, Sept. 2, 1970. He studied with F.E. Koch at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik and with Pijper in Rotterdam. He was the director of the Amsterdam Academy of Music (1948–53), the Utrecht Cons. (1953–57), and the Royal Cons, of Music in The Hague (1958–70). Baaren was a major influence on many of the leading Dutch composers of the post-World War II avant-garde. After composing along traditional lines, he embraced a serial path a la Pijper and Webern in 1947.


ORCH.: Piano Concertino (1934); Suite for School Orch. (1951); Sinfonia (1956–57); Variations (1959); Piano Concerto (1964); Musica (Rotterdam, May 18, 1966; rev. 1968). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (1932-33; Sovraposizioni I, 1962); Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1936); Septet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Violin, and Double Bass (1952); Sovraposizioni II, wind quintet (1963); Musica for Flute (1965). keyboard: piano: Sonatina (1948). Organ: Musica (1968–69). Carillon: Musica for 72 Carillons (1964); Musica for 47 Carillons (1964; rev. 1969). VOCAL: The Hollow Men for Chorus and Orch. (1948); choruses.


J. Hill, The Music of K. v.B. (diss., Univ. of N.C., 1970).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire