Eisma, Will (Leendert)

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Eisma, Will (Leendert)

Eisma, Will (Leendert), Dutch violinist and composer; b. Sungailiat, Dutch East Indies, May 13, 1929. He received violin lessons from his father, and then studied violin and counterpoint at the Rotterdam Cons. (1948–53). He also had private composition lessons with Kees van Baaren, and later studied violin with Andre Gertler and composition with Goffredo Petrassi at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome (1959–61), and took a course in electronic music in Utrecht. Eisma was a violinist in the Rotterdam Phil. (1953–59), the Societa Corelli Chamber Orch. (1960–61), and the Hilversum Radio Chamber Orch. (1961–89). He also organized his own electronic music studio in 1973. His output is in an uncompromisingly modern idiom.


ORCH 3 concertos (1958, 1959, 1960); Concerto for 2 Violins and Orch. (1961); Taurus (1963); Volumina (1964); Diaphora (1964); Vanbridge Concerto for Horn and Orch. (1970); Little Lane, oboe concerto (1973); Le Choix du costume est libre for String Trio and Chamber Orch. (1974); Metselwerk for Percussion and Orch. (1979); Indian Summer, English horn concerto (1981); Suara-suara pada waktu fajar (Voices at Daybreak) for Gamelan-Slendro and Orch. (1985); Silver Plated Bronze for Double Bass and Orch. (1986); Passo del diavolo (1988; rev. 1990). CHAMBER : Septet (1959); String Quintet (1961); Archipel for String Quartet (1964); Fontemara for Wind Quintet (1965); La Sonorite suspendue for String Trio (1970); Concert a vapeur for Violin, Tape, and Synthesizer (1974); Mandi for Brass Ensemble (1981); Adventures of a Shawl for 9 Instruments (1984); Kalos for String Quartet and Piano (1987); Reflections for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1989); Cairngorm for 4 Clarinets (1990); Roestbruin for 4 Trombones (1991); Mawar jiwa for Gamelan and Electronics (1992); Tjempaka for String Quartet (1996); Venezia for 2 Discant Gambas and Bass Gamba (1998). VOCAL: Orchestral Music with Voice for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. (1969); Le Gibet for Baritone, 7 Instruments, and Live Electronics (1971); Le Cheval mort for Mezzo-soprano, Bass Clarinet, Piano, Percussion, 2 Synthesizers, and Tape (1976); Du DehorsDu Dedans for Mezzo-soprano and Orch. (1983).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire