Heppener, Robert, Dutch composer and teacher; b. Amsterdam, Aug. 9, 1925. He studied piano with Jan Öde and Johan van den Boogert at the Amsterdam Cons., and composition with Bertus van Lier. He taught theory at the Rotterdam Cons., and then went to Amsterdam to teach theory at the Muzieklyceum and composition and instrumentation at the Sweelinck Cons. In later years, he taught composition at the Maastricht Cons. He received the Fontein- Tuynhout Prize in 1969, the Willem Pijper Prize in 1974, and the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize in 1992. In 1995 he was awarded the Johan Wagenaar Prize for his complete creative output.
dramatic: Opera: Een ziel van hout (1996). ORCH.: Sym. (1957); Derivazioni for Strings (1958; rev. 1980); Sinfonietta (1961); Cavalcade (1963); Eglogues (1963); Scherzi for Strings (1965); Air et sonneries (1969); Hymns and Conversations for 28 Harps (1969); Music for Streets and Squares (1970); Sweelinck Fanfare (1978) Viola Concerto (1979); Boog (1988). chamber: Septet (1958); Arcadian Sonatina for 2 Recorders and Violin (1959); A fond de fleurettes for String Quartet (1961); Quartet for Alto Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1967); Canzona for Saxophone Quartet (1969); Trail for 11 Instruments (1993). piano:Nocturne (1953); Pas de quatre-mains for Piano, 4-Hands (1975); Spinsel (1986). vocal:Cantico delle creture di S. Francesco d’Assisi for Soprano, Harp, and Strings (1952; rev. 1954); The 3rd Country for Chorus and Chamber Orch. (1962); Carnival Songs for Chorus (1966); Fanfare trionfale for Chorus, Winds, Timpani, and Piano (1967); Del tubilo del core che esce in voce for Chorus (1974); Nachklänge for Chamber Chorus (1977); Memento for Soprano and 8 Instruments (1984); Im Gestein for Chorus and Ensemble (1992).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire