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Ernestine Stoop, harpist: 1) When I met Olivier Messiaen (80 years old) in 1984 I asked him why he never composed for the harp (since I like his music a lot): he said: La harpe,….. c’est trop difficile 2) Franco Donatoni: he wrote Refrain II (1986) for the Nieuw Ensemble with a quite difficult cadenza […]

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Willlem Jeths: A funny anecdote: Once I composed a piece for harp, the harpist had to premiere the piece very soon, so time was precious, and of course the harpist wanted to give the best possible performance of the piece and needed to work with me on it, because of lack of time the harpist could […]

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Wilbert Bulsink: In 2003 I was in a workshop with the Nieuw Ensemble where a sketch i made was played. It consisted of descending lines of microtonal intervals. Starting with major 7ths in the first bar the intervals became smaller and smaller every bar, ending with major 2nds in the last bar. I used a hoquet-technique to divide […]

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