Complete Works

Complete Works

Tristan Keuris / Various Artists

Label: Quattro Live
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917596021
Catalog number: QL 200902
Releasedate: 26-12-12
All of the official works of Tristan Keuris (Amersfoort, October 3, 1946 - Amsterdam, December 15, 1996) in one box; fifty compositions from a life that was granted only that many years. Fifty pieces from a composer who for nearly thirty years held a prominent position in Dutch musical life.
  • 11 CD's and a DVD with the complete works of Tristan Keuris: a magnificent musical testament!
  • Keuris was a composer who wrote for musicians, who kept them sitting on the edge of their seats
  • Keuris was a storyteller par excellence
  • Keuris had a reputation in his homeland as one of most important composers of his generation in the Netherlands
  • He was not one to blindly fall in line with the latest fashion, but someone who confidently and passionately pursued a music that was his alone
  • DVD contains a film by Fred van Dijk of the piece ´To Brooklyn Bridge´, made in 1994
11CD’s and 1DVD with the complete compositorian oeuvre of one of Netherlands greatest composers of the twentieth century, Tristan Keuris. This box is reflection of mostly historical concerts and studio recordings of ensembles that played Keuris’ music. Many different player, Radio4, Radio Nederland Wereldomroep, the Muziekcentrum van de Omroep and the NPS worked together on this project and its wonderful realisation. Collection for you, the complete works of a special musician and composers. This special box was handed over to Marion Keuris – widow of the composer – on Sunday 29th of November 2009 in the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ. From the start of the project she was consulted and during the making of the box she was up to date of the development of the project. Marion pointed the compilators of the box to the excellent VPRO-movie, made by fred van Dijk, who documented in 1994 a ‘Imagination’ of Keuris’ To Brooklyn Bridge. The movie is put in as extra in the box.  
Tristan Keuris began composing at an early age. By the time he enrolled in the Utrecht Conservatory, at age 15, to study with Ton de Leeuw, he had dozens of works to his credit – each showing admiration for his musical heroes of the time, notably, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei  Prokofiev and Willem Pijper. At the conservatory, De Leeuw reset Keuris’ musical clock back to zero, making him learn the craft of composition almost
from square one, purge himself of old habits and open his ears to the new music, which was then – the 1960s – rapidly gaining ground in the  Netherlands. The transformation took only a few years, but at the cost of blood, sweat and tears. For long periods in those years, the young composer
could sometimes produce next to nothing, and as time passed he was tormented by doubts about his choice of career. He padded his income, from an educational grant, by writing and playing music for commercials. Keuris seemed to regain his footing in 1966. His craftsmanship grew with each
new piece. Shortly after graduating in 1969, with the prize for composition, Keuris demonstrated his skill for colorful instrumentation and structural clarity with the Saxophone Concerto. In 1976, he was awarded the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize for the Sinfonia, and he was gaining a reputation in his  homeland as one of the country’s most gifted young composers;
not one to blindly fall in line with the latest fashion, but someone who confidently and passionately pursued a music that was his alone.

In 1982, the city of Hilversum awarded Keuris its Culture Prize, particular for the Piano Concerto and Movements, an orchestral piece that Bernard Haitink brought on a tour of the United States that year with the Royal  Concertgebouw Orchestra. Keuris’ situation quickly changed after that. He
supported himself with commissions, from home and abroad, and teaching music theory (at the Hilversum and Groningen conservatories) and later also composition (at the Hilversum, Amsterdam and Utrecht conservatories).
He received frequent invitations as a guest lecturer and for master classes, in the United States, Norway, Germany and England.

The stream of  compositions abruptly ended with Keuris’ death in December 1996. Much new material was left behind, reams of sketches indicated future plans, including a new piano sonata, a second piano concerto, a third string quartet, a lieder cycle on texts by Rilke (largely complete in sketch form, but not worked out), a new choral piece, a chamber concerto for fourteen instruments, and –
perhaps in the background but in the works nonetheless – the opera he had once wanted to write and had been thinking about for years. It was not to be. The count stopped after Arcade. But the music of Tristan Keuris can still be heard, in concert halls around the world, and now in its entirety in this CD box set.