Dijk, Jan van
- Harrison Ryker
(b Oostzaan, June 4, 1918). Dutch composer and teacher. He studied the piano with Jaap Callenbach and composition with Pijper (1936–46) at the Rotterdam Conservatory. A musical populist at heart, he has written copiously (nearly 1000 opus numbers) in virtually every genre. He was theory and composition teacher at the Brabant Conservatory, Tilburg (1955–83), and at the conservatories in Rotterdam and The Hague. He has devoted himself, through composition and performance, to the improvement of musical life in the southern Netherlands.
Despite sporadic use of serialism, van Dijk’s music is prevailingly tonal; an adventurous use of counterpoint sometimes leads to pungent dissonances. He has written numerous occasional pieces and music for amateur instrumental groups. The Baroque instrumental suite is a preferred model, as in the three Suites da sonar and Suite alla francese. He is a proponent of 31-tone (microtonal) music, having composed works for the Teyler Museum organ in Haarlem and for other instruments (...