Stanza is based on the riddle canon Ave Maris Stella (± 1549) by the Dutch composer Ghiselin Danckerts, which has the appearance of a chess board filled with notes. It is composed to the memory of the American composer John Cage, himself a keen chess player.
Stanza has three versions: a diatonic version for music box, a chromatic version for positive organ and 8 instruments and a microtonal version for bass flute solo and 8 string players.
photo: fragment of Ave Maris Stella (1549), a four-part puzzle canon by Ghiselin Danckerts (±1510–1567)
positive organ (solo)-1(=bassflute).0.1(=bass cl).0-0.0.1.0-str(18.104.22.168.1)
positive organ (solo)
bass flute, bass clarinet, trombone, vibraphone
violin, viola, cello, double bass
Nieuw Ensemble (Netherlands)
the memory of John Cage
11 January 1994
Paradiso, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
John Snijders (positive organ)
John Snijders - positive organ
14 May 1996, Theater Romein, Leeuwarden (Netherlands)
by Eclat Music Productions