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Ton Bruynèl (1934-1998)

Ton Bruynèl, composer Ton Bruynèl was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands. From 1952 to 1956 he studied piano with Wolfgang Wijdeveld at the Utrecht Conservatory of Music. His choice of teacher was motivated both by the fact that Wijdeveld had been a pupil of Béla Bartók, and that he was active as a composer at a time when composition was not offered as a course of study in Utrecht. In defiance of the cold shoulder given to composition, Bruynèl banded together with fellow students Peter Schat and Jan van Vlijmen, rallying round the composer Kees van Baaren. Van Baaren introduced his young disciples to dodecaphony, with which Bruynèl felt little affinity. His attention, rather, was focused enthusiastically on the French musique concrète. He chose his instrumentation with the reproduction of concrete sounds in mind, and oriented himself with the Electronic Music Studio at the universities of Utrecht and Delft (later renamed the Institute for Sonology). In 1957 he established his own studio in Utrecht - the first private studio in The Netherlands - specializing in writing music which combines electronic and acoustic sounds. In the 1970s and 1980s he taught electronic-composition at the Utrecht Conservatory. Bruynèl won the prize for 'Best Dutch Entry' during the 1966 International Gaudeamus Music Week for his composition Mobile for two recorded soundtracks. In 1971 his audio-visual Kubus-project (created together with architect Aldo van Eijck and sculptor Carel Visser) was exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam . His compositions Chicharras (a joint project with the poet Bert Schierbeek) and Adieu Petit Prince (based on texts by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) earned Bruynèl an award at the 1986 International Festival for Electronic Music in Bourges, France. One of Bruynèl's last works is the video opera Non sono un Ucello.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Bruynèl Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Bruynèl on Bruynèl
Studie, piano and soundtracks (1959) [5:00]
Reflexes, 2 electronic soundtracks (1961) [5:00]
Resonance I, 2 electronic soundtracks (1962) [20:00]
Collage Resonance II, 2 radiophonic soundtracks (1963) [18:00]
Reliëf, organ and 4 soundtracks (1964) [11:00]
Mobile, 2 electronic soundtracks (1965) [5:00]
Milieu, film music, organ and 2 soundtracks (1966) [10:00]
Freem, electronic film music (1966) [10:00]
Arc, organ and 4 soundtracks (1966) [10:00]
Mécanique, wind quintet and 2 soundtracks (1967) [10:00]
Décor, ballet, electronic music (1968) [9:00]
Signs, wind quintet and 2 soundtracks (1969) [12:00]
Ingredients, piano (improvisation) and 2 soundtracks (1970) [7:00]
Mobile (version II), 2 electronic soundtracks (1971) [5:00]
Intra, bass clarinet, 2 soundtracks and ringmodulator (1971; rev. 1989) [10:00]
Kubus-project, audio-visual multimedia work (1971) [created w/architect Aldo van Eijck and sculptor Carel Visser]
Looking Ears, bass clarinet, piano and soundtracks (1972) [9:00]
Elegie, 2 electronic soundtracks, and female voice ad lib. (1972) [10:00]
Phases, 4 soundtracks and orchestra (1974) [18:00]
Soft Song, oboe and 2 soundtracks (1974) [9:00]
Dialogue I, bass clarinet, 2 soundtracks and ringmodulator (1976) [9:00]
Translucent I, soundtracks and string quartet (1976) [9:00]
Listening Landscape, soundtracks (1977) [16:00]
Translucent II, soundtracks and string orchestra (1978) [10:00]
Serène, flute and soundtracks (1978) [6:00]
Toccare, piano and soundtracks (1979) [11:00]
    - Toccare, version for harpsichord and soundtracks (1988) [11:00]
From the Tripod, female chorus and 2 soundtracks (1981) [16:00]
Rain, 2 pianos (4 pianists) and 2 soundtracks (1982) [10:00]
Adieu Petite Prince, 2 soundtracks and voice (1983) [18:00] [based on texts by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry]
Denk Mal Das Denkmal, bass baritone and soundtracks (1984) [8:00]
Continuation, chorus and soundtracks (1985) [10:00]
Chicharras, 2 soundtracks and male voice (1985) [13:00] [w/poet Bert Schierbeek]
John's Lullaby, chorus, string orchestra and 2 soundtracks (1985) [10:00]
Kolom, organ and soundtracks (1987) [10:00]
Notturno and Pedraza, flute and soundtracks (1988) [8:00]
Ascolta, tenor, chorus and 2 soundtracks (1988) [9:00]
Non Sono Un Ucello, tenor, bass baritone and 2 soundtracks (1989) [7:00]
La Vertigine, bass baritone and 2 soundtracks (1989) [7:00]
La Dernière Pavane, chorus and 2 soundtracks (1989) [6:00]
La Caduta, tenor, bass baritone and 2 soundtracks (1990) [7:00]
Tropico, tenor, bass baritone and 2 soundtracks (1990) [4:00]
Schrootsonate/Sonata Chatarra, harpsichord and 2 soundtracks (1990) [7:00]
Save the Whale, contra(bass) clarinet and 2 electronic soundtracks (1992) [10:00] [composed on soundtrack 'Mar' by T. Eiriksson]
Dust, organ and 2 soundtracks (1992) [8:00]
Le Jardin, female voice, alto flute, harpsichord and 2 soundtracks (1993) [13:00]
En Vol, 2 soundtracks (1993) [10:00]
Le Temps Tricheur, chorus and 2 soundtracks (1994) [8:00]
Brouillard, piano and 2 soundtracks (1994) [9:00]
Imker I, 4 flutes and 2 soundtracks (1995) [9:00]
    - Imker II, version for alto clarinet and 2 soundtracks (1996) [7:00]
Non sono un Uccello, video opera, tenor, bass baritone, chorus and soundtracks (1998) [38:00]
Cours des Nuages, soundtracks and orchestra (1998, unfinished) [19:00] [completed by Ad Wammes]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                       Bruynèl Links    ~ ~ ~    Bruynèl on Bruynèl     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Décor, ballet, electronic music (1968) [9:00]
Non sono un Uccello, video opera, tenor, bass baritone, chorus and soundtracks (1998) [38:00]

Orchestra
Phases, 4 soundtracks and orchestra (1974) [18:00]
Translucent II, soundtracks and string orchestra (1978) [10:00]
Cours des Nuages, soundtracks and orchestra (1998, unfinished) [19:00] [completed by Ad Wammes]

Chorus w/Orchestra
John's Lullaby, chorus, string orchestra and 2 soundtracks (1985) [10:00]

Choral
From the Tripod, female chorus and 2 soundtracks (1981) [16:00]
Continuation, chorus and soundtracks (1985) [10:00]
Ascolta, tenor, chorus and 2 soundtracks (1988) [9:00]
La Dernière Pavane, chorus and 2 soundtracks (1989) [6:00]
Le Temps Tricheur, chorus and 2 soundtracks (1994) [8:00]

Chamber
Mécanique, wind quintet and 2 soundtracks (1967) [10:00]
Signs, wind quintet and 2 soundtracks (1969) [12:00]
Looking Ears, bass clarinet, piano and soundtracks (1972) [9:00]
Translucent I, soundtracks and string quartet (1976) [9:00]
Imker I, 4 flutes and 2 soundtracks (1995) [9:00]

Solo Instrument
Intra, bass clarinet, 2 soundtracks and ringmodulator (1971; rev. 1989) [10:00]
Soft Song, oboe and 2 soundtracks (1974) [9:00]
Dialogue I, bass clarinet, 2 soundtracks and ringmodulator (1976) [9:00]
Serène, flute and soundtracks (1978) [6:00]
Notturno and Pedraza, flute and soundtracks (1988) [8:00]
Save the Whale, contra(bass) clarinet and 2 electronic soundtracks (1992) [10:00] [composed on soundtrack 'Mar' by T. Eiriksson]
Imker II, version for alto clarinet and 2 soundtracks (1996) [7:00] [see "Imker I", 1995]

Piano/Organ/Harpsichord
Studie, piano and soundtracks (1959) [5:00]
Reliëf, organ and 4 soundtracks (1964) [11:00]
Milieu, film music, organ and 2 soundtracks (1966) [10:00]
Arc, organ and 4 soundtracks (1966) [10:00]
Ingredients, piano (improvisation) and 2 soundtracks (1970) [7:00]
Toccare, piano and soundtracks (1979) [11:00]
    - Toccare, version for harpsichord and soundtracks (1988) [11:00]
Rain, 2 pianos (4 pianists) and 2 soundtracks (1982) [10:00]
Kolom, organ and soundtracks (1987) [10:00]
Schrootsonate/Sonata Chatarra, harpsichord and 2 soundtracks (1990) [7:00]
Dust, organ and 2 soundtracks (1992) [8:00]
Brouillard, piano and 2 soundtracks (1994) [9:00]

Vocal
Elegie, 2 electronic soundtracks, and female voice ad lib. (1972) [10:00]
Adieu Petite Prince, 2 soundtracks and voice (1983) [18:00] [based on texts by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry]
Denk Mal Das Denkmal, bass baritone and soundtracks (1984) [8:00]
Chicharras, 2 soundtracks and male voice (1985) [13:00] [w/poet Bert Schierbeek]
Non Sono Un Ucello, tenor, bass baritone and 2 soundtracks (1989) [7:00]
La Vertigine, bass baritone and 2 soundtracks (1989) [7:00]
La Caduta, tenor, bass baritone and 2 soundtracks (1990) [7:00]
Tropico, tenor, bass baritone and 2 soundtracks (1990) [4:00]
Le Jardin, female voice, alto flute, harpsichord and 2 soundtracks (1993) [13:00]

Film
Milieu, film music, organ and 2 soundtracks (1966) [10:00]
Freem, electronic film music (1966) [10:00]
Save the Whale, contra(bass) clarinet and 2 electronic soundtracks (1992) [10:00] [composed on soundtrack 'Mar' by T. Eiriksson]

Solo Electronic/Multimedia
Reflexes, 2 electronic soundtracks (1961) [5:00]
Resonance I, 2 electronic soundtracks (1962) [20:00]
Collage Resonance II, 2 radiophonic soundtracks (1963) [18:00]
Mobile, 2 electronic soundtracks (1965) [5:00]
Freem, electronic film music (1966) [10:00]
Décor, ballet, electronic music (1968) [9:00]
Mobile (version II), 2 electronic soundtracks (1971) [5:00]
Kubus-project, audio-visual multimedia work (1971) [created w/architect Aldo van Eijck and sculptor Carel Visser]
Elegie, 2 electronic soundtracks, and female voice ad lib. (1972) [10:00]
Listening Landscape, soundtracks (1977) [16:00]
En Vol, 2 soundtracks (1993) [10:00]


BRUYNÈL  LINKS                                                   Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Bruynèl on Bruynèl      ~ top of page ~
Electroacoustic Music Minus One: Performance and Identity in Ton Bruynèl’s Compositions for Sound Tracks and Instruments (Hannah Bosma, EMS)  -  scroll down page to "B": Hannah Bosma

Composer website   . . .   inquire about Ton Bruynèl:  here

Bruynèl @ Wikipedia.nl (in Danish)
Bruynèl @ Classical Composers Database
Bruynèl @ electrocd.com
Bruynèl @ Facebook
Bruynèl @ Muziek Centrum Nederland / MCN (Music Center The Netherlands)
Bruynèl @ Operas.com
Bruynèl @ REC Music Foundation /The Lied and Art Song Texts Page
Bruynèl @ Sound Archive of Experimental Music and Sound Art

Publisher
Bruynèl @ MCN (Music Center The Netherlands)

Streaming Audio
Bruynèl @ Composer website  -  also check under individual work listings     here
Bruynèl @ last.fm
Bruynèl @ MySpaceMusic/GéNIA
Bruynèl @ Wolf Fifth

Recordings
Bruynèl @ Composer website
Bruynèl @ Amazon.com
Bruynèl @ ArkivMusic    also    here
Bruynèl @ CD Universe
Bruynèl @ Discogs

Video
Bruynèl @ YouTube
Bruynèl @ Google Video
Bruynèl @ Daily Motion
Bruynèl @ Vimeo

Bruynèl on Bruynèl: Ton Bruynèl and the Elaboration on Sound/in Danish (VIDEO)








Bruynèl on Bruynèl: Ton Bruynèl and the Elaboration on Sound, Part 2/in Danish (VIDEO)








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