Cinematic influences in Hageman’s songs.

29 January 2019, 4.30 PM - 29 January 2019, 6.00 PM

Nico de Villiers, London

Victoria's Room, Victoria Rooms

Richard Hageman: Song and Film Score Composer

The way in which film and the development in the cinematic arts influenced visual artists and writers have been researched before. How it influenced musicians’ creative processes, however, remains under-researched. In this lecture Dr Nico de Villiers (Guildhall School of Music & Drama) discusses Richard Hageman’s knack for setting a scene within the shortest time with the least musical means, and how the silver screen influenced this composer’s development as American art song composer.

Dr Nico de Villiers

South African-born pianist Dr Nico de Villiers is active as performer, coach and researcher. He is on the vocal staff at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. He has performed across the UK, Europe, the USA and South Africa as soloist and collaborative pianist.

His interest in the Dutch-born American composer Richard Hageman commenced in 2007 during his MMus studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Since then he collected all Hageman’s published songs, performed various of these in recital and founded the Richard Hageman Society (RHS). As director of the RHS he opened an aqueduct and unveiled a memorial plaque dedicated to Richard Hageman, curated a fringe festival at the North Netherlands Film Festival, undertook a lecture recital and masterclass tour of the USA, and rediscovered a Hageman orchestral work and organised its European premiere this past summer to be performed by the North Netherlands Orchestra, conducted by Per-Otto Johansson.

He is currently co-authoring the first full length biography on Richard Hageman with Dr Kathryn Kalinak (Rhode Island College) and Asing Walthaus (Leeuwarder Courant, the Netherlands) for Peter Lang Publications. This publication is due in the autumn of 2020.

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