Vandervelde, Janika [Lynn]
- Karin Pendle
(b Ripon, WI, May 26, 1955). American composer. She received the BME degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and postgraduate degrees in composition from the University of Minnesota (MA 1980, PhD 1985), where she studied with Eric Stokes and Dominick Argento, among others. Her work first drew wide interest when the musicologist Susan McClary championed Genesis II, later the subject of a chapter in Feminine Endings (Minneapolis, 1991). She has since received commissions from such organizations as the Minnesota Orchestra and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. In 1990 she accepted teaching positions at the Minnesota Center for Arts Education and the University of Minnesota's Department of Independent Study.
The Genesis cycle, a series of seven chamber works, reveals a minimalistic technique guided by a feminist concept of life's cycles. In Genesis III a medieval-sounding theme, scored for the flute, viola and harp, generates concentric circles of variation, twice broken by free cadenzas that contrast sharply with surrounding material. ...