Willem Boogman


Raving, first performance

February 1, 2014 | 14:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Reinbert de Leeuw - conductor
NTR ZaterdagMatinee & broadcast by NTR/AVRO/TROS

Raving is inspired by Electronic Dance Music and ›raves‹: events where thousands of people gather to dance to music. That people gather around music, as at raves and also when listening to concert music, somehow has a moving aspect for me. And that is among other things what Raving is about.
Raving is not primarily intended to dance to. Yet Raving is also about dancing. On the one hand in Electronic Dance Music the endless, electronic pulse evokes the frenzy of dancing, on the other hand it keeps the dance in check by its regularity. Thus the deepest human impulses reveal themselves in the lightness of dance. This is celebrated in Raving, without forgetting the loner among the crowd.

flyer by Sandra Macrander

Raving is geïnspireerd door Electronic Dance Music en door ›raves‹: events waar duizenden mensen samenkomen om op muziek te dansen. Dat mensen zich rondom muziek verzamelen, zoals bij raves en ook bij het luisteren naar concertmuziek, heeft voor mij iets ontroerends. En dat is waar Raving onder meer over gaat.
Het is niet direct de bedoeling dat op Raving wordt gedanst. Toch gaat Raving ook over dansen. In de elektronische dansmuziek roept de eindeloze elektronische puls enerzijds de bezetenheid van de dans op, anderzijds houdt de puls de dans in toom door zijn regelmaat. Zo openbaren de diepste menselijke impulsen zich in de lichtheid van de dans. Dat wordt gevierd in Raving, waarbij de eenling te midden van de massa niet vergeten wordt.

Stravinsky: Monumentum pro Gesualdo
Willem Boogman: Raving
Reinbert de Leeuw: Der nächtliche Wanderer

De dame uit de provincie | The Lady from Dubuque

After the successful music I wrote for theater company WARNS last year I was again invited to write incidental music for their performances of Edward Albee's play The Lady from Dubuque [De dame uit de provincie] this year.
This time I composed a ballad to be sung by the actress Marieken van Nieuwpoort as an intermezzo between the acts, as well as introductory music to the play itself.

The scoring is for jazz ensemble (alto sax, muted trumpet, electric guitar, piano, electric organ, bass and drums), which fits the mood of the play.
The ballad (›No Time to be Afraid‹) is for voice and piano.
Listen to some of the music here

The performances were at June 15 and 16 (20:30 p.m.), June 17 (15:00 p.m.) and the upcoming performances are at October 3, 4 and 5 (20:30 p.m.)
The location: De Roode Bioscoop in Amsterdam

Albee345 OKT13

One Noon, first performance

First performance of ›One Noon‹ for six percussionists by CIRCUS S.
›One Noon‹ is about twelve o’clock midday, when the sun is at its highest point and situated due south. At noon the world is at the centre of full daylight.
The blazing sun in the sky, the shadows on earth, the refections and sparkles, the clouds passing in front of the sun, all caused me to deploy exclusively metal instruments for this celebration of noon.
The percussionists are placed around the audience, making the sound rotation audible.
I am very much looking forward to the premiere by the six percussionists of CIRCUS S in their circus tent. On May 5, 11:30 a.m. in Hannover.




At the moment I am working on my first orchestral work: ›Raving, for large orchestra and electronic dance pulses‹, commissioned by the ZaterdagMatinee. The performance is scheduled for February 01/02/ 2014 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at 14:00. The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra will be playing under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw.


Sandra Macrander took new pictures of me which I will post soon on my website. This is one of them, which is also shown in the season 2013-2014-brochure of the ZaterdagMatinee.