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Mosaics of Tones. Willem Pijper and his Music
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Mosaics of Tones. Willem Pijper and his Music

(Harrison Ryker) The Low Countries - 2004, № 12, pp. 136-141

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More than anyone else, it was Willem Pijper whose compositions and crusading spirit placed Dutch music on the European cultural map. One of his mottoes, ‘a composer only composes what he cannot express or communicate in other ways,' fits his own compositions. They say much, in a vital and unique way; they are of high intrinsic value. His is some of the most inventive and compelling music created in Western Europe during the inter-War years, and it has found its place in the concert repertoire.

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