Kunst, Jos

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Kunst, Jos

Kunst, Jos, Dutch composer and teacher; b. Roer-mond, Jan. 3, 1936; d. Jan. 18, 1996. He studied with Joep Straesser in Utrecht (1963–66) and with Ton de Leeuw at the Amsterdam Cons. (1965–70), where he subsequently taught. His works, which utilized a variety of modernistic techniques, included orch. music, chamber pieces, and tape scores.


orch.:Marine (1963); Insecten for 13 Strings (1966); Arboreal (1968; Rotterdam, Sept. 11, 1969); XVII One Way for Small Orch. (Amsterdam, March 13, 1971); Elements of Logic for Wind Orch. (1972; in collaboration with J. Vriend). chamber:Ijzer (Iron) for Violin and Piano (1965); XVIII Outward Bound for Harp (1971); Solo Identity I for Bass Clarinet (1972); No Time at All for Bass Clarinet and Piano (1973; fusion of Solo Identity I and 71); No Time for 3 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, Piano, and 3 Percussionists (1974; amplified version of No Time at All); XXII: Any 2 for Woodwinds (1975); Rafale for 15 Flutes (1975–78); Streams and Chorals for Chamber Ensemble (1989–91); Topos teleios for String Quartet (1993–94); Exchange for Fire for Flute (1994); Concertino for Piano, Winds, and Percussion (1994–95). Piano: Stenen eten (The Stone Eaters) for 2 Pianos (1965); Glass Music (1966); Solo Identity II (1973); Flying Garundu (1992); 6 Etudes (1995). vocal:Trajectoire for 16 Voices and 11 Instruments (1970). 2-tracktape:Exterieur (1967); Expulsion (1969).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire