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Jozef Baán

20 Sep 1964 Dunajská Streda

classical music
composition

Bio

Bio

1979 – 1984
studied composition (with Juraj Pospíšil), conducting (with Václav Daněk) and piano (with Juraj Mašinda) at the Conservatory in Bratislava
1983 – 1988
continued his studies of conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (with Ladislav Slovák)
since 1990
lives in Paris, where he initially studied electro-acoustic music at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt (with Michel Zbar)
1991 – 1993
studied composition at the Royal Conservatory in Haag (with Luis Andriessen)
since 1992
studies composition at the Conservatoire Supérieur in Paris
since 1998
he studies ethno-musicology at the Université Paris VIII

“Baán was initially an author of rearranged scores for modern big band. Baán transferred the profound rhythmical element of big band music to his further development. The mainstay in his compositions is rhythm presenting itself as a stable pulse (Three Pages From My Atlas), or as an important motivic element. As counterbalance to the rhythm component is Baán's concern for the sound world of brass instruments and saxophones. In orchestral compositions, two of which are composed only for wind instruments,there appears a sound thumb sketch, in addition to the typical resolved areas. These represent a dialogic game of instrumental groups, all playing in extreme positions of instruments and multiphonics.”

 

(ZAGAR, Peter: Jozef Baán. In: 100 slovenských skladateľov. Ed. Marián Jurík, Peter Zagar. Bratislava: Národné hudobné centrum, 1998, p. 23.)

Works

  • chamber orchestra
  • Chaines

    1994 6'
    SCORING: fiati
  • D. S. Groove

    1996 11'
    SCORING: fiati
  • Gemini

    concerto for 2 saxophones and orchestra
    1996 11'
    SCORING: sxs, sxbr, orch: 2, 1, 2, 1bcl, 1 – 2, 2, 2,1 – 4bat – archi
  • Yodel for Thirty

    1996 SCORING: 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 1clb, 2fg, 2cr, 2tr, 2tn, 2tu, 1ar, 1pf, 3bat, 3vl, 3vc, 2cb
  • instrumental chamber works
  • Klarineteenz

    for children's clarinet ensemble
    2006 SCORING: cl1, 2, 3, 4, 5, clb
  • two instruments
  • Cache-cache

    1998 7'
    SCORING: sx, cmb
  • Meetings

    for 2 saxophone players and 4 saxophones
    1998 12'
    SCORING: sxs, sxt, sxa, sxbr (2sx)
  • three instruments
  • Tears and Drops

    1995 18' 37''
    SCORING: fl, vc, pf
  • piano trio
  • Trio

    1993 7'
    SCORING: vn, vc, pf
  • four instruments
  • Three pages from my Atlas

    for saxophone quartet
    1995 18'
    SCORING: sxs, sxa, sxt, sxbr
  • Mirrors

    for saxofone quartet
    1997 8' 50''
    SCORING: sxs, sxa, sxt, sxbr
  • "Hidegen fujnak a szelek"

    for saxophone quartet
    2000 9'
    SCORING: sxs, sxa, sxt, sxbr
  • string quartet
  • String Quartet

    1991–1992 10'
    SCORING: 2vn, vl, vc
  • Microdances

    1992 5'
    SCORING: 2vn, vl, vc
  • five instruments
  • Fanfare de Prague

    1992 4'
    SCORING: 5tn
  • six instruments
  • 5 + 1

    1994 5' 11''
    SCORING: fl, ob, cl, fg, cr, pf
  • For kids

    2000 8'
    SCORING: 5cl, clb
  • 10 to 15 instruments
  • Prayer

    2000 9'
    SCORING: fl, ci, cl, cr, tr, tn, pf, 2vn, vl, vc, cb
  • 16 to 20 instruments
  • Fanfares de Metz

    1997 15'
    SCORING: 4tr, 4cr, 4tn, 2tu, 2bat
  • vocal-instrumental chamber works
  • Hallelujah

    1990–1991 7'
    SCORING: 4vv (SATB), cl, vl, fg, cr, vc
  • short film
  • La Poseuse

    music short film
    1997 TEXT: M. Devan
    DIRECTED BY: M. Devan

Premieres

  • First performances in Slovakia
  • Martin Burlas: Thirtythree
    for string quintet, trumpet, violoncello, electric guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussions, saxophone, tárogató
    14 Feb
    1989
    First performances in Slovakia
    New Slovak Music, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: VENI ensemble, Jozef Baán (sx), Anton Popovič (bat)
  • First performances abroad
  • Jozef Baán: Klarineteenz
    for children's clarinet ensemble
    28 Jan
    2007
    First performances abroad
    Montigny les Cormeil, FR
    PERFORMERS: Pierre Archer (dir.)
  • Jozef Baán: Mirrors
    for saxofone quartet
    9. 1997 First performances abroad
    Lugano, CH
    PERFORMERS: ARTE Quartett


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