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On 2 December, Henriëtte Post, director of the Fonds Podiumkunsten, will present the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize to composer Kate Moore for her composition The Dam. Moore wrote this piece, with a running time of fifteen minutes, in 2017 as a commission by the English ensemble Icebreaker. The piece is scored for pan flute, bass clarinet, percussion, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, piano, violin, and cello. It is an exciting and compelling composition as well as a rich soundscape depicting this time juncture. The mysterious whispering mechanical movement that opens the piece leads with a convincing build-up to a grand musical gesture. Moore chooses for a single-minded musical movement, combined with a precise use of sound. In her music, she aims not to refine or to soften but moves the listener directly and unequivocally.
In addition to the prize-winning work, movements from Messiaen’s Quatuor pour le fin du temps will also be included in the program as well as a recent work by winner of the Gaudeamus Award, Dutch composer Aart Stroman.
Kate Moore put the ensemble together herself
Matthijs Koene pan flute | Annette Schenk bass klarinet | Meiyi Lee percussion | Aart Strootman elektric guitar | Kate Moore electric bass guitar| Geerten van de Wetering piano and organ | Joseph Puglia violin | Lidy Blijdorp cello