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Micha Hamel
1970 -
The Netherlands
M. Hamel
Micha Hamel (08/07/1970), a Dutch composer and poet, born in Amsterdam. He took private lessons in composition and orchestral conducting beginning in 1986 with Huub Kerstens. Additionally he attended master classes given by Morton Feldman and John Cage. In 1994 he graduated from the Royal Conservatory, majoring in composition (under the tutelage of Diderik Wagenaar and Konrad Boehmer) and orchestral conducting (under Ed Spanjaard and Jac van Steen). Thereafter he participated in the composition class at the Tanglewood Music Center (USA), where Hamel studied with Mario Davidovsky and Louis Andriessen.
Period:21st century
Composed in:2012
Musical form:song cycle
Text/libretto:free, and famous last words of Keats, Corot, Schubert and Marx
The heart of Requiem is a song cycle for tenor and piano, supplemented by an ensemble of ten musicians and actor Porgy Franssen. Instead of the usual Latin requiem texts Hamel used a motley collection of the last words of famous figures, from Keats to Corot, and Schubert to Marx, to the transience of human shape. Hamels Requiem is a cross between concert ritual and theater, created specifically for the space of the monumental church in Amsterdam, the Dove.