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Tristan Keuris

Born: 1946

Died: 1996

Nationality: Dutch

Publisher: Novello & Co

Photo © Friso Keuris


Tristan Keuris  was one of the leading Dutch composers of his generation. He studied at the Utrecht Conservatory with Ton de Leeuw, and taught musical theory and composition in a number of Dutch institutions. In 1976 Keuris gained wide public acclaim when he won the prestigious Matthijs Vermeulen Prize for his Sinfonia for Orchestra (1974). Keuris composed the expressive Clarinet Quintet for the centenary of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 1988 and, for the centenary of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the same year, was commissioned to write Catena for Wind Orchestra and Percussion. Other major commissions include Symphonic Transformations (1987) for the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the song-cycle Laudi (1993) for Netherlands Radio, and Arcade for Orchestra (1995) for the opening of the new studio of the Radio Philhamonic Orchestra in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Most of Keuris’ works are influenced by a mixture of expansive Romantic gestures and Stravinskian aloofness, combined with a superb sense of orchestration.
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