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Ik sla de trom .. (male choir and two piano’s)

By Bertus van Lier

Vocal music
Male choir and piano (TTBB 2pf)
8 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 193/062a-c
published score
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In memoriam Nicolaas Alexander Stempels, executed on 9 October 1943


I beat the drum …

Words by Jan Greshoff

There are two other versions:
- for voice and piano NMI 193/051a-d
- for male choir and orchestra (Donemus D07187)

October 1942

About Bertus van Lier

Bertus van Lier

Composer Bertus van Lier was a versatile and determined intellectual. From the start of World World II he upheld his principles against the occupier. During and after the war he maintained this attitude towards those colleagues who were suspected of collaboration with the enemy. In compositions written during the war, Van Lier expressed his resistance to the deprivation of liberty, especially in his vocal works. After the liberation his work as composer diminished and he focused on his activities as a musicologist, pedagogue and publicist.

by Diet Scholten