Saturday, April 01, 2017

April Fools: Tuned clogs concerto

The only time I pulled an April Fools prank in this blog was ten years ago in 2007, an unusual concertos post lost after the restart in 2008 - but I found it thanks to an archiving site. This is the original text (and yes, some people were fooled):

Do concertos come any weirder than this? In Dutch traditional folk music, the sound of two clogs banged together is sometimes used to add rhythm - but a concerto?? It took the genius of the Dutch composer Frans Andriessen (1914-1941), not related to Hendrik and Jurriaan, to come up with this idea. His short Concerto for four pairs of tuned clogs and chamber orchestra, is sometimes still performed at the Dutch equivalent of the Night of the proms. The tuning is done by using different sizes and different wood sorts. Recordings of the concerto are rare - the one I am posting is by the composer's grandson Andries on clogs and the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra under Peter Schoenmaker. It is taken from an NM classics CD (07041) which contains other Dutch light classics favourites by van Otterloo and Christiani.

The movements:
1. Allegro ma non troppo (4:41)
2. Adagio, alla rustica (3:33)
3. Vivace (klompendans) (1:14)

Copyright statement: image created by myself. Copyright Hennie Schaper.