RODERIK DE MAN (b.1941): Crosscurrents, HANS KOX (b.1930): The Darkling Thrush, PIET KEE (b.1927): The Organ, WIM DE RUITER (b.1943): Trifid, HANS ASSELBERGS (1953-2007): ~12zeven5~.
Catalogue Number: 07M110
Reference: KTC 1364
Description: These works were commissioned expressly for the instrument on which they are heard here, and composed with its special qualities of tone color in mind. De Ruiter's central movement of his tripartite construction explores these colors at leisure; the contrasting outer movements are more active, with a toccata-like propulsion. Piet Kee's work is both for and 'about' the organ; it was inspired by a painting by Pieter Saenredam (1597-1665) of a church interior. The music builds texture (highlighting the instrument's most striking ranks of pipes) during the first part, then passing through a 'vanishing point' as in the perspective of the painting (symbolized by a cymbal clash), it presents a different view of the same material, ultimately returning to the starting point. Kox's dark-hued tone poem is based on a poem by Thomas Hardy, a rather desolate and somber meditation on the state of modern civilization - a century ago. Asselberg's title refers to the organization of the 12-tone scale into groups of 7 and 5 notes, and these proportions also form the rhythmic basis of the piece. A strange, ambiguous tonality results, often dissonant and even percussive in odd and untypical organ textures; when the material is presented primarily melodically, its uneven rhythmic content recalls Messiaen. De Man's Crosscurrents presents material of opposing tempo - very slow and stately, moderate and relatively melodic, and rapid and toccata-like - as simultaneous layers, building complex and continuously varied textures. Jos van der Kooy (Müller organ in Haarlem).