Rudolf George Escher 1912 – 1980
I remember very clearly the first time i heard the music composed by Rudolf Escher. I went over to Edwin for dinner. He put on this music which completely enchanted me. I sat there listening with my eyes closed. I’m not sure what Edwin thought of that to be honest, it did feel almost a bit rude to me, but i couldn’t help myself. I fell in love.
I went out and tried to find his music. He isn’t the best known composer. Dutch composer! I did find out he had lived in Rotterdam. He had lost his house and all the works he made up until 1940 in the bombing on Rotterdam 14 May 1940.
I do prefer his chamber music. Lucky for me most of his music is exactly that.
Classical music is a sideline interest for me. It is such a huge field of composers, performers, critics and different areas that it simply is too much for me. I know i could dive in, but i am more into pop and hip-hop and rap and r&b. I do listen to classical music rarely. When i do, i try to really listen. Not read or do anything else. Listen.
So there is this little bit of music i want to share with you. I will listen to it myself over the next days.
I hope you will find the time.
Sonata for flute and piano
Le Tombeau de Ravel
Sonata per violoncello solo (1945/1948)
Trio for clarinet, viola and piano
Strange meeting: for baritone and piano
Sonata for violin and paino
Monologue for flute
Sonatina for piano
Trio à cordes (1959), 1. Transformations
Trio à cordes (1959), 2. Réminiscences
Sonata No.1 for piano solo
Three poems by W.H. Auden (1975)
Sonata for fluit solo (1973)
A spotify playlist