Roosenschoon, Hans

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Roosenschoon, Hans

Roosenschoon, Hans , Dutch-born South African composer; b. The Hague, Dec. 17, 1952. He was taken in infancy to Pretoria, where he studied at the Cons. (1969–71; 1974–75). Following further training with Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1977–78), he returned to South Africa and pursued studies at the univs. of Stellenbosch (M.Mus., 1989) and Cape Town (D.Mus., 1991). In 1976 he joined the staff of the South African Broadcasting Corp. in Johannesburg, later serving it in Cape Town as production manager for music from 1980 to 1995. In his output, Roosenschoon has demonstrated an adept handling of various styles, both traditional and contemporary. In some of his works, he explores the use of African elements and electronics.

Works

ORCH.: Tablo (1976); Sinfonietta (1976); Katutura (1977); Palette for Strings (1977; Johannesburg, April 24, 1978); ’n Saaier het uitgegaan om te saai… (1978); Mosaiek (1978); Ghomma (1980; Johannesburg, July 2, 1983); Ikonografie (1983; Cape Town, Nov. 2, 1989); Anagram (1983; Cape Town, May 29, 1984); Timbila for Chopi Xylophone Ensemble and Orch. (Grahamstown, July 12, 1985); Architectura (Johannesburg, Oct. 8, 1986); Horizon, Night-Sky, and Landscape for Strings (Bloemfontein, June 18, 1987); Chronicles (Grahamstown, July 10, 1987); Clouds Clearingfor Strings (1987; Cape Town, July 16, 1994); Mantis, ballet suite (Johannesburg, Oct. 22, 1988); Circle of Light (Cape Town, March 9, 1989); Die Sonnevanger (1990; Cape Town, Sept. 11, 1992); The Magic Marimba (Cape Town, Oct. 10, 1991); do-re-mi-fabriek (Johannesburg, Nov. 29, 1992); Trombone Concerto (1994–95). CHAMBER: Suite for Oboe and Piano (1973); Bepeinsing for Cello and Piano (1973); Toccatine: for Piano Quartet (1973); Makietie for Brass Quintet (London, Dec. 1, 1978); String Quartet (1995). KEYBOARD: Piano: DrieKlavierstuck (1972); Goggaboek (1972); Sonatina (1974; Johannesburg, May 13, 1977); Credo (1975; Johannesburg, May 13, 1977); Fingerprints (Johannesburg, Nov. 1, 1989). Organ: Double Fugue (1975); Chorale Prelude (1978; Durban, Aug. 5, 1979); Chorale Prelude (1978; Durban, Aug. 5, 1979). VOCAL: Ekstase for Chorus and Orch. (1975); Cantata on Psalm 8 for Chorus and Orch. (1976; Johannesburg, July 7, 1977); Ars Poetica for Baritone, Double Chorus, and Orch. (Johannesburg, Oct. 9, 1979); Psalm 23 for Chorus (1979); Firebowl for Chorus (1980; Windhoek, May 21, 1986); Does the noise in my head bother you? for 2 Choruses, Pop Group, and Orch. (Cape Town, July 29, 1988); Prayer of St. Richard: Thanks be to Thee for Chorus (Johannesburg, Nov. 18, 1990); Miserere for Men’s Chorus (1991); Ko, lat ons sing for Double Chorus (Stellenbosch, June 18, 1993); Mbira for Chorus (1994). ELECTRONIC: Kataklisme (1980; Johannesburg, July 4, 1983); Helios (1984; Grahamstown, July 6, 1985); If Music Be (1984; Cape Town, Nov. 21, 1985); Narcissus (1985).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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