Hendrik Bouman on his Compositions

“In my Bagatelle in A major I packed a heap of musical ideas, in terms of motifs, dynamics, rhythms, specific articulations, scales and syncopations in a tight frame, in such a way that the result is at once all... and nothing; in short: a bagatelle.”

My ‘contemporary Classic’ compositions, written in 18th Century style, are the fruit of my love and admiration for the magnificent musical universe of the 18th Century. As a performer specialised in Early Music, I increasingly felt it a challenge to experience what was for most of the Masters of the 17th and 18th Centuries commonplace: to perform, alone or in an ensemble, one’s own works.

In my approach to these piano compositions I savoured something of the fresh and eager spirit with which musicians in the 18th century explored this newcomer that gradually dethroned the harpsichord.”

Music coming directly from the Baroque heritage is being transformed on the piano with new technical

©Hendrik Bouman, Bagatelle in A major

Music - 18th Century Classical style

Composer - Hendrik Bouman

Performer - Hendrik Bouman

Recorded - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Fortepiano - Keith Hill, after Walter 

CD 3rd Notebook for Anna  ARYA


horizons and a widening sound spectrum; a rich variety of emotional colours presents itself quite naturally to the musicians and composer.

Hendrik Bouman, 2017

©Hendrik Bouman, Bagatelle in A major

Musique - style classique du XVIIIe siècle

Compositeur - Hendrik Bouman

Interprète - Hendrik Bouman

Enregistré - Charlottetown, Ile-du-Prince-Édouard, Canada

Pianoforte - Keith Hill, d’après Walter

CD 3rd Notebook for Anna  ARYA

©Hendrik Bouman: Bagatelle

Hendrik Bouman - Fortepiano

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