Theater aan het Spui
Theater aan het Spui

The Johan Wagenaar Foundation will celebrate its 70th anniversary in December. It was founded in 1947 to stimulate the development of new music in The Hague. During the course of its long history it developed a focus on the creative work of composers, which has resulted in an impressive list of commissions. You will hear compositions from award winners who are part of the foundation’s rich history, as well as work commissioned by the Johan Wagenaar Foundation.

This includes Cees van Zeeland, former chair of the Johan Wagenaar Foundation, who presents a brand new score. Cees van Zeeland has always had a penchant for ‘songs’ – a genre that was barely touched upon when he studied at the conservatoire, but which he took up again later on. His most recent composition Off-Course also started out as a song. He says: ‘I wrote it for a former student, the singer Na-Young Jeon, who wanted to make a musical performance about homesickness. I had previously worked on an arrangement of My Favorite Things for her from The Sound of Music, which she sang for her graduation exam. She also performed another piece for string quartet with piano accompaniment by me. Initially, Off-Course used the same instrumentation, but her plans soon changed and she left to go abroad for quite a while.’

‘Homesickness still played a role in my contact with her. The material for Off-Course became more complex and I decided to turn it into an instrumental piece. I added three woodwind and several (Asian) percussion instruments. Most of the vocal part was transposed to the clarinet. This turned the nature of the piece into a characteristic journey through an exotic world, full of alienation and with changing moods and atmospheres. A world where you easily lose grip on reality.’

program 2 Dec 2017


Nieuwe Kerk

2.15 pm panel-discussion with composers Kate Moore, Hugo Morales, Aart Strootman

Award Ceremony Willem Pijper Prize

Dick Raaijmakers – Ritueel Moment
James Tenney – Having Never Written a Note for Percussion
Peter Ablinger – Regenstück
Hugo Morales – Equid

Slagwerk Den Haag

2.15 pm panel-discussion with composers Kate Moore, Hugo Morales, Aart Strootman


Theater aan het Spui

70th anniversary of the Johan Wagenaar Foundation

Cees van Zeeland – Off-Course (wereldpremière)
Louis Andriessen – Shared memory
Johan Wagenaar – Fantasiestukken voor viool en piano op.2
Hendrik Andriessen – Kwintet voor fluit, hobo, klarinet, hoorn en fagot
Tristan Keuris – Divertimento voor viool, blaaskwintet en piano
Alexander Voormolen – Pastorale voor hobo en piano
Agnes Jama – Suite voor viool en piano

New European Ensemble


Theater aan het Spui

mini performances during the festival diner in the foyer


Henk Badings – Sonate voor viool en altviool
Léon Orthel – Sonate voor cello en piano
Henk Badings – Cavatina voor fluit en harp
Martijn Padding – Three opposite pieces

Ensemble Academie Koninklijk Conservatorium

mini performances during the festival diner in the foyer



Award Ceremony Matthijs Vermeulen Prize

Aart Strootman – Upside down
Olivier Messiaen – Quatuor pour la fin du temps
Daan Manneke – Faux Bourdon
Kate Moore – The Dam

HERZ ensemble



Hugo Morales – Phobo1 / Batocatta
Hugo Morales – Modes of assisted ventilation
Hugo Morales – Four violinized utensils
Hugo Morales –

Mei-Yi Lee / Nerea Vera / Aya Suzuki / Lodewijk Bles / José Silva

program 3 Dec 2017



14.00 hrs. introduction

Sunday 3 December

Nik Bärtsch – For2Pianos
Vanessa Lann – Naked, I
Pete Harden – Preservation (Pearl Morpho)
Tristan Perich – Dimensional Bloom

X88: Vicky Chow & Saskia Lankhoorn

14.00 hrs. introduction

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