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date: 20 September 2019

Laman, Wimlocked

  • Huib Ramaer

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(b The Hague, April 27, 1946). Dutch composer. He studied music education and the flute at the Goois Muziklyceum before studying philosophy and music at Leiden University (1970–75). During this period he became known as a composer and worked with student ensembles. He then studied musicology and electronic music at the University of Utrecht's Institute for Sonology. La voce del corno, a radiophonic work, received honourable mentions in the Italia Prize contest and at the Rostrum for Electro-Acoustic Music. Critical of the enclosed world of new music that has existed since Darmstadt, Laman has pleaded for a culture of greater openness towards the public, and for greater effort to be made in the education of contemporary music. While working at VPRO-Radio in Hilversum, he has been able to put some of his ideas into practice.

Agamemnon, his opera of 1997, is the first part of a trilogy based on the Oresteia; the large ensemble in this work creates the most refined musical mosaics possible, giving the audience a soundscape of their own time, but through the glasses of Aeschylus. In order to express the doom over the house of the Atriden, Laman invented an instrument with an enormous string that offers a very low D. Such well-known ensembles as the Residentie-Orkest of the Hague, the Schönberg Ensemble and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble have performed his works....

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