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Peter-Jan Wagemans

Peter-Jan Wagemans

Dutch composer
Peter-Jan Wagemans
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Dutch composer
Is Musician Composer Educator
From Netherlands
Type Academia Music
Gender male
Birth 7 September 1952, The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Age 68 years
Peter-Jan Wagemans
The details (from wikipedia)


Peter-Jan Wagemans (The Hague, September 7, 1952) is a Dutch composer.

Wagemans studied organ (diploma 1974), composition with Jan van Vlijmen (diploma 1975) and music theory (diploma 1977) at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. After his studies he also worked with Klaus Huber in Freiburg.

According to Wagemans' philosophy, music is shaped in the observation of the listener. Therefore, Wagemans tries to focus on ways a work can be recognised, rather than on its fundamental structure. He generally makes use of what he prefers to call musical archetypes, unifying ambivalent elements.

Peter-Jan Wagemans is one of the founders of the Rotterdam School. He teaches composition and music theory at the Rotterdam Conservatory since 1984.

Wagemans founded the Dutch Doelen Ensemble and for some years was also the artistic director of the Amsterdam-based Holland Symfonia.

Selected Composition

Orchestral works

  • Muziek I (1974)
  • Muziek II (1977, rev. 1979)
  • Muziek III (1986, rev. 1987)
  • Muziek IV (1988)
  • Requiem (1992/1994)
  • Symphony nr.6, Panthalassa (1994)
  • The City and the Angel (1996/1997)
  • Symphony nr.7 (1998/1999)
  • Moloch (2000)
  • Legende - opera (2004-2006)
  • Andreas weent - opera (2012)

Chamber music

  • Het landschap - for piano solo (1989/90)
  • Concerto - for 2 pianos (1993)
  • Ewig - for piano and percussion (1993)
  • String Quartet (1997/1998)
  • Frage: worauf hoffen? - for 2 celli (1999)
  • Het V-de Boek (2001/2002)


  • 1995 Highlights (Composers' Voice)
  • 1997 Het landschap (Attacca Babel)
  • 2001 Portrait (Cybele Records)
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