Henkemans, Hans

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Henkemans, Hans

Henkemans, Hans, Dutch pianist, composer, physician, and psychiatrist; b. The Hague, Dec. 23, 1913. He studied piano and composition with Sigtenhorst-Meyer (1926–31), and then composition with Pijper (1933–38). He also took courses in medicine at the Univ. of Utrecht (from 1931) and later took his doctorate at the Univ. of Amsterdam (1981). After making his debut as a pianist in his own Piano Concerto at 19, he pursued a successful concert career until 1969 when he decided to practice medicine and psychiatry. In his compositions, he succeeded in developing an original voice while utilizing traditional forms.


dramatic: Opera: Winter Cruise (1977). ORCH.: 3 piano concertos (1932, 1936, 1992); Sym. (1934); Voorspel (1935–36); Passacaglia and Gigue for Piano and Orch. (1941–2); Flute Concerto (1945–6); Violin Concerto (1948–50); Viola Concerto (1954); Harp Concerto (1955); Partita (1960); Barcarola fantastica (1962); Dona montana (1964); Elégies for 4 Flutes and Orch. (1967); Horn Concerto (1981); Villanelle for Horn and Orch., after Dukas (1984); Riflessioni for Strings (1985–86); Cello Concerto (1988). chamber 2 wind quintets (1934, 1962); 3 string quartets; Cello Sonata (1936); Primavera for 12 Instruments (1944; rev. 1959); Violin Sonata (1944); Epilogue for Flute and Piano (1947); 4 Pieces for Harp and Flute (1963); Aere festivo for 3 Trumpets and 2 Trombones (1965). piano 2 études (1937); Sonata for 2 Pianos (1943); Sonata (1958). vocalDriehonderd waren wij for Chorus and Orch. (1933; rev. 1941); Ballade for Contralto and Chamber Orch. (1936); Bericht aan de levenden for Chorus, Reciter, and Orch. (1964); Villonnerie for Baritone and Orch. (1965); Tre aspetti d’amore for Chorus and Orch. (1967–68); Canzoni amorose del duecento for Soprano, Baritone, and Orch. (1972–73).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire