Tristan Keuris, who passed away in 1996, proves himself to be an uncon­ven­tional composer of modern clas­sical music in this docu­men­tary. Uncon­ven­tional in partic­ular because his pieces, like Sinfonia, sound more acces­sible than his colleagues’ music. Inter­views with people like composer Leo Samama, colleague Godert van Colmjon (with whom Keuris recorded an album that is clearly inspired by the Beatles) and conductor Edo de Waart demon­strate that Keuris’ musical approach has not always been appre­ci­ated. He was commended because he brought back the melody to contem­po­rary clas­sical music.’ Apart from inter­views with connois­seurs, friends and people involved, the film contains many excerpts from conver­sa­tions with the master himself — with his char­ac­ter­istic nasal voice, remark­able thatch of hair and laconic atti­tude: I don’t write acces­sible music on purpose, it’s a natural process.’ The docu­men­tary is full of music, for example perfor­mances by the famous Raschèr Saxo­phone Quartet, for which Keuris composed some works.


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Title: Tristan Keuris - Componist met de gouden handjes
Year: 2010
Duration : 53 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2010

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