Henk Badings studied mining engineering at the Technical University of Delft and concluded this education cum laude in 1931. Apart from instruction by Willem Pijper Badings was mainly self-taught in music. In 1934 he became Professor of Composition at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.
His fame dates from 1935, when Willem Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orkest premiered his Third Symphony.
Badings is the most prolific dutch composer of the 20th Century. He developed his own (basically neo-classical) style, employing all kinds of new scales, such as the lydo-mixolydian and the octotonic ones. Badings composed a large and extremely varied oeuvre, that represents all genres, including works for electronic instruments. His music is frequently performed all over the world.
The Azioni musicali [Musical actions], Badings’ only composition for a harmoniemusik ensemble, was commisioned by the Oktopus Wind Ensemble and its conductor Bastiaan Blomhert in 1986. It was Badings’ idea to rewrite his Octet (of 1952) into this new setting for double windquintet, ‘cello and double bass.
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I. Allegro, II. Scherzo Vivace, III.Variazioni Concertanti
neo-classical symphonic composition; colourful instrumentation
|Badings, Henk (1907-1987)|
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F.E. 0413/33 study score and parts
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