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Tristan Keuris

Publisher: Novello & Co

Three Preludes (1994)
Commissioned by the Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS Radio)
Novello & Co Ltd
Sub Category
Large Orchestra
Year Composed
8 Minutes
Programme Note
Tristan Keuris Three Preludes (1994)
The Three Preludes for orchestra were commissioned by the NOS (the Dutch Broadcasting Company) for the 1994 Kirill Kondrashin Conducting Competition and dedicated to the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The first performance took place as part of the finals of the competition in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

The main goal was of course to write an orchestral piece which would show off the qualities of the contestants as well as the orchestra's. With a total duration of some eight minutes of music at his disposal, Keuris decided to compose three contrasting miniatures.
The first prelude resembles in a sense the orchestration of a non-existant piano piece. The second, an Andante, is a true orchestral prelude and consists mainly of some three-part orchestral climaxes purely based on the technique of orchestration. The third prelude is again an example of Keuris's brilliant orchestration technique. Here the organ prelude may have been the prime example. The orchestral colours resemble those of organ stops, and a Mendelssohnian lightness enriches the rhythmic complexity.

In short, which conductor and which orchestra wouldn't wish to try their hands at this spirited and colourful music?

© Leo Samama

  • 03 APR 2016
    Rotterdam, Holland
    Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
    Yannick Nezet -Seguin, conductor
  • 25 MAR 2003
    BBC Radio
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Tristan Keuris, conductor
  • 10 MAR 2002
    Royal Festival Hall
    Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Riccardo Chailly, conductor
  • 11 FEB 2002
    Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Riccardo Chailly, conductor

    Other Dates:
    12 February - Toronto
  • 05 FEB 2002
    New York
    Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Riccardo Chailly, conductor
  • 22 JAN 2002
    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
    Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Riccardo Chailly, conductor

    Other Dates:
    28 January - Santa Cruz

His Three Preludes proved a fascinating trio of orchestral miniatures, composed in 1994 to test the competitors of the 1994 Kirill Kondrashin Conducting Competition, and here causing the Concertgebouw’s chief conductor, Riccardo Chailly, no trouble at all, while amply displaying the orchestra’s talents.
Matthew Rye, The Daily Telegraph,9/1/1997
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