De Zee II – Jan Boerman
Reconstructed and diffused by Kees Tazelaar
De Zee II
With the eye to a new composition, I decided to continue the experiments with the Golden Section which had already begun to take shape during the creation of Alchemie 1961. In this work (De zee) I wanted to set out from a nearly unfathomable complex in which a form would have to crystallize and in which, through divisions of the whole, smaller structures would emerge. The form of the work is determined by a Golden Section arch scheme but it is as if the piece exceeds the boundaries of the scheme; there is no beginning and no end.
My experiments of the years 1959/1960 that concerned noise sound, i.e. sounds in which no tone, or practically no tone can be discerned, have found their place in De zee. The tone sounds in the piece are in fact ‘accidental’. The tone gives the sound a certain sheen, it ‘breaks through’ but has no significance on its own.
After having completed De zee I was at a loss for a proper title. The name was suggested by Dick Raaijmakers. He wrote in a commentary: “This is the first work to feature an overall form capable of absorbing the movements of the timbre in such a way that they express the form itself: form-conceiving sounds fill a sound-conceiving form. The overall form is akin to Le Corbusier’s Modulor system and implemented as a system of relationships, in which time proportions are both adjacent and superposed. This is done in such a way that the largest proportion corresponds with the smallest, just as the tide of the sea is the ‘overall form’ of every separate wave in motion…”
There exists another version of this piece called De zee II. This is a shortened version based on the Golden Section of alternative mixes of the original composition.
Based on Boerman’s programme notes for De zee in the booklet of The Complete Tape Music of Jan Boerman, CV-NEAR 04/05/06/07/08
Jan Boerman was born in The Hague on June 30, 1923. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire in his hometown, with Léon Orthel (piano) and, from 1945, with Hendrik Andriessen (composition). As of 1956, Jan Boerman worked in the electronic studios of Delft University of Technology, Utrecht University and of Royal Conservatoire in The Hague , where he has also taught electronic composition (after 1974) and piano.
Boerman has composed a number of orchestral and chamber music works; the main part of his oeuvre, however, consists of electronic music. He has been one of the few composers who persevered in composing for tape. It wasn’t until 1976 that Boerman ventured to include “live” sounds in his work: the result was a preparatory study for a Vocalise. It was followed by an “orthodox” tape: Kompositie 1979. For the ensemble Het Nieuwe Leven he composed Weerstand [resistance, 1982] for tape and percussion, and later Ontketening [unchainment, 1983] for tape and metal instruments. Boerman has also written electronic ballet music, including De touwen van de tijd [The Ropes of Time] and Monument voor een gestorven jongen [Monument for a Dead Boy]. Muziek voor slagwerk en orkest [music for percussion and orchestra, 1991] was performed during the Holland Festival of 1991.
In 1982 Jan Boerman was awarded the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize for his entire oeuvre. In 1997 he was awarded the Willem Pijper Prize for Vocalise 1994. His complete tape music was released in 1998 on cd (CV-NEAR 04/05/06/07/08).
April 10 19:30
Arnold Schoenbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire