Gigue et Double


for violin & piano (1992)
14 minutes | no.9

The most striking relation of Gigue et Double with the rest of my oeuvre, is the analogy in title with an earlier work, namely Sarabande et Double (for 23 musicians).

The latter composition is a sequel to Radio I (my radiophonic composition on a text by Samuel Beckett), in which a handful of notes (borrowed from my dear friend and fellow composer Micha Hamel) stood for the production of the entire musical part within the radio play. Sarabande et Double is an answer to the question whether it would be possible to generate a second composition out of the very same material; hence the designation: ‘Double’.

As if this wasn’t enough, the part for violin from Radio I brought about its very own spin-off, which resulted in Gigue et Double. In all, four reminiscences of the radio play-music pass by, which do not so much function as quotations, but initiated the rest of the violin part and the entire part for piano.

The score is preceded by a quotation from the book ‘Mr. Palomar’ by Italo Calvino, which illustrates as no other the motto of Gigue et Double:

"In other words, if the model does not succeed in transforming reality, reality must succeed in transforming the model".


violin & piano

Commissioned by

Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (Arts Council of the City of Amsterdam)

Written for & Dedicated to

Josje ter Haar


14 January 1993
Stadsschouwburg Odeon, Zwolle (Netherlands)
Josje ter Haar (violin)
John Snijders (piano)

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Josje ter Haar - violin
John Snijders - piano


15 January 1996, Theater Romein, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
by Eclat Music Productions

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