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    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2008 edited
    Let's start talking about the filmmusic of the Netherlands...

    I'm really into them and try to keep up with what's going on in my own country. Some of my favorite scores include:

    Rogier Van Otterloo's Soldaat van Oranje
    Fons Merkies's De Grot
    Zbigniew Preisner's Sportman van de Eeuw

    These are pretty much the holy three, representing the best of Dutch filmmusic history.

    As far as my favorite Dutch composers concerned, I would like to mention the following few:
    Paul M. van Brugge, Het Paleis van Boem, Rogier van Otterloo, Loek Dikker. But there are many more who've written wonderful stuff!

    I'd also like to refer you all to a list I've compiled including (about) all the foreign composers who've been contributing to Dutch cinema:


    Any questions/contributions/remarks are more than welcome!
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
    Of the ones you mention, I think I'm only familiar with Loek Dikker.

    But I once created a page at my site for noted Dutch musician Peter Vermeersch, mostly in relation to his MINOES score. You can see it here:

    http://celluloidtunes.net/petervermeersch.htm
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
    Vermeersch is a Belgium musician/composer. He was born in Waregem, safe haven of a Maintitles.net prominent individual....

    But I do like his music a lot! It's a very catchy score.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
    Ooops. Belgian, that's true. Can't believe I just went into that ol' "Benelux" trap. shame
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
    Joep wrote
    Vermeersch is a Belgium musician/composer. He was born in Waregem, safe haven of a Maintitles.net prominent individual....

    Yes indeed! He's also part of the here quite famous Flat Earth Society jazz band.
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorplindboe
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008
    Fons Merkies' "De tweeling" is the one I'm nuts about. I'm listening to track 7 now, i.e. the long track, and it's just pure perfection. Gets to me every time.

    "Antonia's line", by the english chick Ilona Sekacz, is another score for a dutch movie I'm crazy about. I just love that main theme to death. The rest of the score is brilliant as well.

    Peter punk
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2008 edited
    I once made website about Merkies (which must be the biggest and most detailed one about a Dutch filmcomposer), but didn't feel like updating it anymore. Maybe I would get a sudden urge to get started again and improve/correct everything I've written in terms of grammar.

    Antonia's Line is a brilliant score. I love all the brilliant combinations of dissonant elements with merry melodies, the constant movement, lovely string performances etc.
  1. Flat Earth Society jazz band? biggrin
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeOct 4th 2008
    Yes... That's typical Belgium humor!



    The openings theme from Soldaat van Oranje:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bgW4GqzrRs
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2012 edited
    The ending + end credits of Fons Merkies - De Grot can be heard here on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJlCwzv09a8

    A fantasic piece of music. I'm still having trouble finding any other cue of a Dutch score that resembles this kind of quality.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2012
    Omg Joep! wave
    Kazoo
  2. I haven't been able to find anything more than the YouTube videos for the music for De Grot, but when I was looking around to see what was available I came across Fons Merkies' score for Dolfje Weerwolfje.

    It's an enjoyable orchestral score for a Dutch children's film from 2011. The score is available only on iTunes so I can't point anyone in the direction of some clips. It is well worth a listen.
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
  3. I am listening to the music for a 2012 Dutch film called Süskind, composed by Bob Zimmerman and Nando Eweg. Set during the Second World War, it documents how some Jewish children were spared from deportation to the death camps.

    Orchestral in nature, it's a sombre and dramatic score that is worth hunting out. As far as I can see it's a download-only release, though it may have a physical CD release that I don't know about.

    http://www.suskindthemovie.com/
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
  4. Here in the Netherlands you can buy the CD version:

    http://www.bol.com/nl/p/muziek/suskind/ … index.html

    They ship it also outside the Netherlands. If you have trouble ordering it let me know. I maybe can help you.
    That's the beauty of music. They can't take that away from you. (Andy Dufresne)
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2021
    Joep made a Dutch film music sampler for me last year. Some good stuff on that; definitely made me want to explore more. The only Dutch film composer I've had any kind of interaction with (also personally), is the man with the funny name Loek Dikker (both names can mean 'penis'). Obviously, Tom Holkenborg is so huge now, we don't really think of him as a Dutch film composer per se.
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2021
    Cedric van de Graaff - De Zitting was recently released on various digital platforms....

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/3OlfE7mdotH4cwngn0ogxU
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2021
    Joep, do you know anything about this disc? I use the cover for the sampler you made me:

    https://www.discogs.com/release/8617273 … -Filmmusic
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorJoep
    • CommentTimeOct 6th 2021 edited
    The Alphabet of Dutch Filmmusic is a 1995 compilation release, a tribute to everything that the Foundation Cinemusica esthablished. The persons behind it run the Dutch Score Magazine, since 1971, which makes it the oldest still-existing film music magazine in the world. Paul Stevelmans is also a member of the IFMCA.

    I kind of love the release, because of the pieces of music by Dutch composers that have never before been released, but a few of them deserve a fuller release, while others seem irrelevant. I would love to curate a Dutch canon compilation release myself, withouth boundaries, right issues and so forth.