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Willem Jeths
1959 -
The Netherlands
W. Jeths
Willem Jeths (31/08/1959) is a Dutch classical composer. Jeths was born in Amersfoort. He started his musical career as a child with piano and music theory lessons in the Music School of Amersfoort with Paul Seeling. He originally studied in the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, from 1980 to 1982. He continued with composition in the Conservatory of Utrecht with Hans Cox and Tristan Keuris. He finished his studies with Keuris in 1988. Parallel to composition Jeths studied musicology at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his studies with a doctoral dissertation about Elisabeth Kuyper (1877–1953), which was later published in the book Zes vrouwelijke componisten. Jeths is composition teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam since 2007. He was composition teacher at the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg from 2003 to 2007. In the 2004–2005 season Jeths was composer-in-residence with Het Gelders Orkest and the Brabant Orchestra, and during the 2006–2007 season with the Orkest van het Oosten. In the year 2000 there was a three-day Willem Jeths Festival in Rotterdam. In November 2014 he was appointed by copyright organization BUMA/STEMRA as the first "Componist des Vaderlands" of The Netherlands.
Period:21st century
Composed in:2021
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Challenge Classics CC 72874
Requiem (2021) contains:
01. Praefatio 02:24
02. Introitus 07:34
03. Kyrie 02:28
04. Dies Irae 03:26
05. Tuba mirum 04:47
06. Rex tremendae 02:01
07. Recordare 01:25
08. Lacrimosa 02:29
09. Offertorium 02:30
10. Sanctus 02:45
11. Benedictus 03:31
12. Agnus Dei 04:27
13. Lux aeterna 08:08
14. Libera me 02:00
15. In Paradisum 06:49
Source:booklet of cd Challenge Classics CC 72874

♫ 01. Praefatio
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♫ 02. Introitus
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♫ 03. Kyrie
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♫ 04. Dies Irae
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♫ 05. Tuba mirum
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♫ 06. Rex tremendae
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♫ 07. Recordare
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♫ 08. Lacrimosa
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♫ 09. Offertorium
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♫ 10. Sanctus
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♫ 11. Benedictus
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♫ 12. Agnus Dei
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♫ 13. Lux aeterna
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♫ 14. Libera me
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♫ 15. In Paradisum
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Requiem (2021). Death – as a source of reflection, blinding insight or terror – has become an idée fixe in the works of Willem Jeths (born in Amersfoort in 1959). Gradually, death as a topos took on the form of a philosophical question, which perhaps only found its proper place in the Requiem, with the First Symphony (CC 72693) acting as a staging post. There is a link here to a process of increasing awareness, for which Jeths sought the sounds in his second violin concerto. He said: “Death is not the final end but rather a transition to a different phase." This idea is elaborated in the Requiem in the form of a musical journey to the hereafter, taking comfort from beauty and solemn mourning.
Jeths concedes that he had no need for experiments in form, which in this case would have jarred with the intended servitude to his theme. There was no need for a full quartet of soloists; two were sufficient. The orchestral scoring, with double wind and brass, is relatively modest, although Jeths' predilection for exotic colours is evidenced by his use of soprano recorder, harp, organ and an extensive array of percussion instruments including glockenspiel, vibraphone and xylophone. This time, however, they serve a higher purpose, namely the melody. "This is my most melodious work" says the composer. The Requiem must come from the heart and the heart sings.
Contributor:Arye Kendi