DIARY/BLOG, PUBLICATIONS AND RELEASES 2016-17 SEASON

Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017
Pianorecital in the brand new concert hall of film pianist Yvo Verschoor, Midwouder Dorpsstraat 17, Midwoud.
Programme as on 26 March.
Further information will follow.

Sunday, 9 april 2017
Piano recital in the Albert Vogel Hall of de Haagse Kunstkring [Hague Art Circle], Denneweg 64, The Hague.
Programme as on 26 March.
Further information will follow.

Sunday, 26 March 2017
Piano recital in the Pianola Museum, Westerstraat 106, Amsterdam.
On the programme works by C.P.E. Bach, Czerny, Liszt, Messiaen, Van den Sigtenhorst Meyer and Brussee.
Further information will follow.

15 March 2017
Lunch concert in the Oude Kerk [Old Church] in Zoetermeer with compositions by Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer and Albert Brussee.
Time: 12:45 hours.
Admission: voluntary contribution.

Publications December 2016
– ‘The modal-impressionistic piano music of Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer’, Part II.
This second article focuses on three compositions, all dating from around 1920: De Maas [‘The Meuse’], St. Quentin and Oude Kasteelen [‘Old Castles’]. These piano cycles are less French-impressionistic, more Dutch (firm, robust) than the works described in the first article of this series.
In: Piano Bulletin 2016-3.

– ‘Franz Liszt’s wanderings in the Ottoman Empire’
In June 1847 Franz Liszt arrived in Constantinople, where he spent around five weeks and gave some concerts. All this is well documented in the Liszt literature. However, that the famous pianist also performed in the seaside resort of Büyükdere and was even in a Polish enclave in Asia Minor for some time, is virtually unknown. Only in recent years, in particular through a remarkable article by William Wright in the 2014 edition of The Liszt Society Journal, has information on this subject come to the fore. About Liszt’s contacts with the wife of the ambassador of the Dutch Embassy in Constantinople, Baroness Testa, there has been no previous publication.
In: Tijdschrift van de Franz Liszt Kring [Journal of the (Dutch) Franz Liszt Circle], 2016.

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The Sweet Waters of Asia on the eastern bank of the Bosphorus, where Liszt, travelling to and from the Polish enclave, passed by a few times.

18 November 2016
This year the ‘Hague Art Circle’ celebrates its 125th anniversary with a large number of exhibitions, lectures and concerts. The Music Department is contributing with a project entitled WEERKLANK [REVERBERATION] – three concerts during which composing members are invited not only to play music of their favourite Hague composer, but also to perform some compositions of their own, among which a reflection (paraphrase, pastiche) on that composer of their choice, specially written for this occasion. I will be giving the opening concert on Friday evening 18 November (before the intermission). After four early piano works in impressionistic style by Van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, a composer living in the first half of the 20th century, I will play as commission work Van Bloemen en Vogels – ter nagedachtenis aan Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer [‘Of Flowers and Birds – in Remembrance of Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer’], a composition harking back to the four previously played piano pieces. Finally, I will perform my Variations on ‘My Funny Valentine’  (première).
Location: Albert Vogel Hall, Denneweg 64, 2514 CJ The Hague.
Time: 20:00 hours.
Admission: € 10,-; members of the ‘Hague Art Circle’ and students of the Royal Conservatory: € 5,-.

Publications autumn 2016
– ‘The modal-impressionistic piano music by Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, Part I’
The first of a three-part series of articles on the early piano music of the almost forgotten Hague composer Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, with a discussion of the cycles Van de bloemen (‘Of the Flowers’, Opus 1), Het oude China (‘Old China’, Opus 2), Van de vogels (‘Of the Birds’, Opus 4) and Zes gezichten op den Fuji (‘Six views on the Fuji’, Opus 9).
In: Piano Bulletin 2016-2.

– ‘Franz Liszt at Lake Como’. The English, somewhat expanded version of the study published in 2014 in the Journal of the Franz Liszt Kring. Here a picture of beautiful Bellagio, where Franz and Marie stayed for almost two months.
In: The Liszt Society Journal, Volume 41 (2016).

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25 September 2016
Lecture-recital on the early, impressionistic piano music by Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer. Twelve compositions will be performed and discussed, illustrated by some pictures (powerpoint presentation).
Location: Centrale Bibliotheek Den Haag [Central Library The Hague], Spui 68 (next to City Hall); the concert will be held on the fourth floor of the library.
Time: 15:00 hours (until approximately 16:00 hours); free admission.
The concert is an initiative of the Nederlands Muziek Instituut [Dutch Music Institute].