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Plato's dood - symphonisch gedicht

By Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman

Vocal music
Mixed choir and orchestra (narrator sopr ten SATB 3332 4331 timp perc cel hp str)
75 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 023/052
published score
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'Aan allen die met ons meeleefden in de winter 1947-1948' (To all who showed their sympathy in the winter of 1947-48)


October 1948-July 1949, words by Ferdinand Bordewijk

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