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Re: Escher, Art and Music (MC Escher + Rudolf Escher)

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Thu, 2 Apr 1998 04:31:59 -0800 (PST)

Rudolf Escher (A'dam 8 Jan 1912 -Texel 17 March 1980) was a nephew of the artist M.C.Escher. (Rudolf's father was a half-brother of Maurits). He is one of the most well-known composers of the Netherlands. His compositions, especially for Orchestra, are played regularly. There are several CD's available with his music. NM Classics which is the label of Centre of Netherlands Music and Radio Netherlands, the Dutch International Service, released two CD's. One with Chamber music (Le Tombeau de Ravel, Trio a Cordes and a Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano) and one with Orchestral music. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam plays Musique pour l'esprit en deuil and Concerto for Strings conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Soon will be released a CD with Choral Music sung by the Netherlands Chamber Choir. It is possible to listen to some of this music by visiting our web-page
Other labels that have recorded music by Rudolf Escher are Donemus Composers' Voice (Musique pour l'esprit en deuil, Sonata concertante, Sonata per violino e pianoforte, Sonata per violoncello solo, Arcana Musae Dona, Trio a cordes, Symphony no.2, Sonata for Clarinet solo, Quintetto a fiati, Nostalgies, Sinfonia per dieci stromenti, Le Tombeau de Ravel, Six epigraphes antiques, Largo, Hymne du Grand Meaulnes, Le vrai visage de la paix, Songs of love and eternity, Ciel, air et vents, Three poems by W.H.Auden), Globe (Cellosonata performed by Pieter Wispelwey) and Olympia (Univers de Rimbaud, cinq poemes). There is correspondence between uncle and nephew 'Rudolf Escher en M.C. Escher: beweging en metamorfosen: een briefwisseling. Amsterdam, Meulenhoff/Landshoff, 1985.
the Escher Foundation in Baarn, the Netherlands does know more about M.C.Escher