- Helen Metzelaar
(b Santpoort, May 6, 1952; d Amsterdam, Oct 14, 2010). Dutch composer. After studying the piano at the Zwolle Conservatory, she entered the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she studied composition with Ton de Leeuw. She graduated in 1985, winning the Composition Prize. Her works are characterized by a rigorous methodological approach rarely encountered in contemporary Dutch music. Hers is a radical research into the essence of sound. For example, in Lex inertiae no.2 for solo viola, the left hand has little to do while the right hand concentrates on various techniques. The relationships between various aspects of sound determine the structure of her works. Central to Es verjüngt sich nach unten, a piano solo for the right hand, is the relationship between tempo and density. Although she does not let emotions or experiences influence her compositions, her music is not abstract, but vital, colourful and even obstinate. Since the early 1990s her exclusion of non-musical factors is also reflected in her titles, which are simply the month and year in which they were written. Hoenderdos sometimes collaborates with other artists, and has written music for productions by De Daders, an Amsterdam-based mime theatre group....