Temmingh, Roelof (Willem)
- Winfried Lüdemann
(b Amsterdam, Sept 28, 1946). South African composer of Dutch birth. He is the son of an organist, and his brother is also a composer. The family emigrated to South Africa in 1958, settling near Cape Town. Temmingh studied composition with Fagan at the University of Cape Town (master’s degree in composition, 1970). After working for short periods as a university lecturer in Port Elizabeth and Pretoria, he was appointed lecturer in musicology and composition at the University of Stellenbosch in 1973, becoming associate professor in 1992. He completed his doctorate there in 1976. In 1972 he attended Darmstadt and he also spent six months in Utrecht studying computer music (1979). He has won all the major composition prizes in South Africa.
Although his earlier works reflect all 20th-century styles, Temmingh’s initial reputation rested primarily on his avant-garde compositions. Ligeti’s influence is present in many of them, most notably in Music for Two Pianos. Other characteristics include the use of technology, electronic as well as ...