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Icarus a Radiofonic Oratorio

By Lex van Delden

Vocal music
Mixed choir and orchestra (recit sopr alt bar GK4 2332 2000 timp perc hp str tape electronics)
50 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number: 238/110 - 238/111
published score
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Commissioned by the Netherlands Radio Union


opus 77
For soloists, mixed choir, orchestra, generators and tape
Piano reduction (not for performances)
Words from Ovidius, Lao Tse, Euripides and Prediker
Amsterdam, 01-01-1963

First performance

May 13, 1964 VARA-Radio - Radio Koor en Radio Kamerorkest, Annette de la Bije, Wilhelmina Matth├Ęs, Garfield Swift, Allard van der Scheer, o.l.v. Roelof Krol

About Lex van Delden

(09/10/1919 - 07/01/1988)
Lex van Delden

During World War II, Alexander Zwaap had to cover his identity by living under an alias. As of 1953, he legally changed his name to Lex van Delden. His life story is impressive considering the traumatic events he experienced in the war years. A past of which he never spoke, and which he knew to overcome with tremendous courage and resilience. Music was for him a “transfer medium between people.” He literally practiced this with his compositions. Van Delden was a great advocate of Dutch music and held several board positions in the Dutch music world.

by Margaret Krill