Musique pour faire plaisir

KTC 1563 . 1CD . 8711801015637 . 05/02/2017 . None

Musique pour faire plaisir

Composer(s):
  • Herman Strategier (1912-1988)

Herman Strategier

Herman Strategier (1912-1988) was an eminent musician, composer, conductor, organist and teacher. He studied at the Roman Catholic School of Church Music in Utrecht, where his instructors included Johan Winnubst, Fons Dusch and Hendrik Andriessen. After completing his studies Strategier held various positions as conductor and organist in churches in Arnhem and Zeist. He was also organist of St. Catherine’s Cathedral in Utrecht for a considerable time. Strategier taught at the conservatories of Rotterdam and Utrecht, the Roman Catholic School of Church Music and the Institute of Musicology at the University of Utrecht. He was the conductor of the renowned Nederlands Madrigaalkoor in Leiden from 1959 to 1973, to whom he introduced innovative and interesting repertoire; his own compositions also appeared frequently in their programmes. Herman Strategier composed a large quantity of different styles of works, writing more than four hundred pieces for extremely diverse combinations of instruments. A large amount of his music was composed for use in the Roman Catholic liturgy, although Strategier also composed many secular works for chorus, both accompanied and a cappella. One of his most important works is the Arnhemsche Psalm, an oratorio composed on the occasion of the tenth annual memorial of the Battle of Arnhem in 1944. Strategier’s works also contain a large number of works for orchestra, concertos for solo instrument and orchestra included. He was also very much involved with chamber music. Although Strategier was initially influenced as a composer by his teacher Hendrik Andriessen, he nevertheless developed a musical idiom that was completely his own and that yet betrayed the influence of the French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries that he so admired.

This CD contains a selection of the works that Strategier composed for various chamber and orchestral groupings. It demonstrates the versatility of a composer who was always willing to compose music for unusual combinations of instrument, for he considered this to be a challenge. A large quantity of his music is today performed by professional as well as amateur orchestras and ensembles. Musique pour faire plaisir was Strategiers motto: music is supposed to give pleasure to mankind. He made his own contribution to music in his own modest, practical and effective way.

Nico Schrama

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Track listing

Rapsodia Elegiaca [1956]
1 Rapsodia Elegiaca [1956] 11:30
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Bernard Haitink'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
Musique pour faire plaisir [1950]
2 l. Con spirito 03:48
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Roelof Krol'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
3 ll. Andante cantabile 02:45
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Roelof Krol'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
4 lll. Allegro (Fugue) 01:32
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Roelof Krol'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
5 lV. Rondo-Final 04:47
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Roelof Krol'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
Accordeonconcert [1969]
6 l. Vivace 07:41
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'John Holvast' 'Paul Hupperts'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
7 ll. Molto sostenuto 02:52
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'John Holvast' 'Paul Hupperts'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
8 lll. Allegro molto 05:04
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'John Holvast' 'Paul Hupperts'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
Sextet [1951]
9 l. Quasi una cadenza 04:27
artists: ' Hexagon Ensemble'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
10 ll. Andante sostenuto 06:14
artists: ' Hexagon Ensemble'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
11 lll. Allegretto comodo 03:52
artists: ' Hexagon Ensemble'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
Partita in modi antichi [1954]
12 l. Con moto ma non troppo (in modo mixolidico) 02:55
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Henk Spruit'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
13 ll. Allegro marcato (in modo frigico) 03:30
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Henk Spruit'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
14 lll. Andante sostenuto (in modo dorico) 02:49
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Henk Spruit'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
15 lV. Giocoso (in modo ionico) 01:52
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Henk Spruit'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
16 V. Con moto ma non troppo (in modo mixolidico) 02:55
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra' 'Henk Spruit'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
Praeludium en Fuga [1951]
17 Praeludium 03:30
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'
18 Fuga 05:26
artists: ' Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra' 'Jean Fournet'
composers: 'Herman Strategier (1912-1988)'