Andries ten Cate
Surprisingly little is known about the Amsterdam born composer Andries ten Cate, even though he is the creator Seïd en Palmire, the oldest Dutch opera since Bartholomeus Rullofs 1772 version of Cloris en Roosje, of which at least complete pieces have been preserved. Then Cates’ opera enjoyed great success in its days, both for the music and the libretto by Jacob van Lennep, publisher and then also Holland’s most famous writer. Parts of the opera survived precisely because they were so famous, that they have been published as parts of aria albums. These are the rondo of the Pirate, and the cavatina of Selima, “Spoedig, mijn zuster”. We shall perform and record this cavatina at our first 401NederlandseOpera’s concert in Hoog-Keppel, on April 26, 2015, with soprano Jolien De Gendt as Selima and Pieter Dhoore at the piano.
Bronnen: Jacob van Lennep: Seïd en Palmire, zangspel in drie bedrijven (1830, Libretto); Seïd en Palmire, rondo van de zeeroverhoofdman & cavatine van Selima (1831, Reduction for piano and voice); Neue Zeitschrift für Musik: das Magazin für neue Töne (1834, Volume 8); Viotta: Muzieklexicon (1881); S.A.M. Bottenheim: De Opera in Nederland (1932, Van Kampen & Zoon, Amsterdam); Keller en Kruseman: Geïllustreerde Muzieklexicon (1932/1949); Algemene Muziek Encyclopedie (1957/1980, Unieboek, Bussum); Archieven Nederlands Muziek Instituut.
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Andries ten Cate: operas
– Seïd and Palmire (1831 (1830 the libretto was published)
– Constantia (1835)
– Numa Pompilius (1836)
– Six patriotic hymns for male voices and piano.
– Ouverture de l' opéra Seid et Palmire, arrangée par J. H. C. Claterbos
– Auswahl beliebter Stücke aus der Oper Seid und Palmire (as there is the rondeau of the Captain pirate: “Slaan de golven hemelhoog”, and the cavatina of Selima: 'Spoedig, mijn zuster' ('Soon, my sister').
– New ‘Wilhelmuslied’, harmonized for 4 voices.
– The searching mariners (chorus)
– Weber’s swan song, (chorus)
– To the stars (chorus)
– Psalms for the Walonian Church
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