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De Heilige Cirkel / Le saint cycle

By Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

Vocal music
Male choir (ten I, II bass I, II)
25 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 023/018 (autograph) and NMI 20 A 111 (printed version) and NMI MNmfII/0620 (printed version in Dutch)

Kon. Zangvereniging 'Maastreechter Staar' and its conductor Martin Koekelkoren


Printed by Annie Bank, Amsterdam. Anno Sancto 1950

I. Allerzielen / Le jour des morts (words by Pierre Franssen)

II. Drie Koningen / L'epiphanie (words by Clemens van der Straaten)

III. De vlucht naar Egypte / Le fuite en Egypte (words by Jacques Schreurs)

IV. Cruisiging / Le supplice de la croix (words by Jacob Revius)

V. Opstanding / Le résurrection

VI. Kom heilige geest / La pentecôte

About Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

(08/04/1892 - 10/06/1971)
Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman was a versatile composer. She wrote for piano, small ensembles, for large orchestra, choirs and even carillon. She largely taught herself composition and displayed an enormous originality. Her music cannot be categorized into any style or school. During World War II she was a supporter of the artists' resistance and courageously refused to register with the Kultuurkamer, imposed by the German occupiers to register, regulate and/or restrict the activities of Dutch intellectuals and artists. Those who signed up to participate had to sign a declaration of (Aryan) ethnicity. Jews were not allowed. After the war, she and her husband were members of the ‘Courts of Honour’, established to purge one’s own discipline of collaborating colleagues.

by Elly Kamp