The descriptive titles of his works, which often refer to cities or other locations, do not immediately reveal that Richard Rijnvos (NL, 1964) is first and foremost a radical composer. Someone who generates tones from non-musical, numerical sources such as magic squares and chessboards — and who loves to endlessly stack melodic lines on top of each other. This rigorous, dispassionate approach produces sensual works that bear a unique signature that is not specifically Dutch.
On 16 February 2019 Dutch organist Jan Hage will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ new work quattro quadri. The performance takes place in St Martin Cathedral, locally better known as Dom Church, in the city of Utrecht (the Netherlands). The large-scale organ work, which consists of four movements with a total length of 42 minutes, is part of la Serenissima, a series of compositions dedicated to the city of Venice and its lesser-known, often dark sides. The extramusical subject of the piece is the Black Death in relation to four paintings by the Venetian artist Paolo Veronese of the patron saint Sebastian.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam has released a CD recording of Richard RIJNVOS's Amérique du Nord. The work is the second part of GRAND ATLAS, a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition.The orchestral work received its première on 2 February 2017 during a concert in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Gustavo Gimeno conducting. Between 2011 and 2017 Richard Rijnvos enjoyed a long-term residency with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The RCO were voted the "world's greatest orchestra" in 2008 by a panel of critics assembled by Gramophone. Amérique du Nord is a symphonic scherzo, full of musical puns, allusions and flashbacks; no mockingbird, shark or cuckoo was harmed during the making.