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date: 17 August 2019

Marez Oyens, Tera de [née Wansink]locked

  • Helen Metzelaar

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[née Wansink]

(b Velsen, Aug 5, 1932; d Hilversum, Aug 29, 1996). Dutch composer. She graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory in 1953, where she studied piano with Jan Odé. After graduation she studied composition and orchestration privately for two years with Henkemans. Her earliest compositions included religious works, such as choral songs and psalm settings. Raising her four children stimulated her to write educational works and children’s operas, such as Partita for David (1960) and Adventures in Music (1970), both for school orchestras, and the opera Van de vos Reynaerde (1966). She was firmly convinced that acquainting children at an early age with contemporary music would develop their appreciation for this type of music. In 1978 she wrote a manual for school teachers, Werken met moderne klanken, a progressive series of short vocal or instrumental, mainly graphically notated, études. Her own workshops on contemporary music, which she continued to present throughout her career, proved her to be a talented teacher. In the 1960s she became interested in electronic music and studied with Gottfried M. Koenig at the Institute for Sonology in Utrecht. Many of her works show that she was often inspired by text. She also explored the sounds of words, stripped of meaning. In the choral work ...

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