Forbidden Music Regained

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Sint Joris

By Sem Dresden

Vocal music
Mixed choir and instruments (sopr bar SATB 4perc 2pf)
location of manuscript archive registration number 047/136a
published score
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For mixed choir, solo baritone, solo soprano, 2 pianos and percussion (1955)

There is another (later) version for mixed choir, solo baritone, solo soprano, narrator and orchestra (1956)

Commissioned by “Zijne Excellentie den Minister van Onderwijs, Kunsten en Wetenschappen”

Heeswijk - Scheveningen


About Sem Dresden

Sem Dresden

Despite his German-oriented teachers, Sem Dresden felt attracted early on to modern French music. He developed his own refined and sober style, composing his entire life. Dresden was of pivotal importance to Dutch musical life, working as a choral conductor and director of the conservatories in Amsterdam and The Hague. His legendary composition classes had a major impact during the interwar period.

by Geert van den Dungen