List of compositions by Jos Kunst


The roman numerals are the opus numbers assigned by the composer.
The samples are 16-bit, mono, 8012 Hz, mu-law coded .au files.

See also: General comments by the composer (Dutch, English, French)

Scores of published works are available either from Donemus or from Edition Peters. For unpublished works, please contact me.

Five early works (1954-1961)

Trio 'Leopold-Lieder' for tenor, violin and cello, on texts from J.H. Leopold (1954)
Sonate voor cello alleen (ca. 1955)
Quatuor à cordes (1955)
Chaconne pour trio à cordes (1957)
Tre tempi per pianoforte (1961)

publ: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1999

Sonatine (1956, rev. 1967)

premiere: not performed
dur.: 1'30"
instr.: piano
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1998

I Solaire (1961)

premiere: not performed
dur.: 1'00"
instr.: piano
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1998

II Notus (1962)

premiere: University College, Bretton Hall, England, October 28, 1998, Jos Zwaanenburg
dur.: 1'30"
instr.: flute
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1998

III Gezicht op de tweede zee (1963-1966)

on texts from Een winter aan zee by A. Roland Holst

premiere: Amsterdam, February 7, 2004, members of the ASKO Chamber Choir (Janine van Elst, soprano; Sandra Macrander, alto; Coert Bremmers, tenor; Vincent Lassauw, bass), dir. Jos Leussink
dur.: 4'00"
instr.: vocal quartet
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 2001

IV Koude teratologie (1963)

on texts from Een winter aan zee by A. Roland Holst

premiere: Amsterdam, February 7, 2004, ASKO Chamber Choir with Sepp Grotenhuis, piano and Jan Roel Hamersma & René Oussoren, percussion, dir. Jos Leussink
dur.: 4'30"
instr.: small chamber choir, piano, percussion
remarks: vocal parts the same as Gezicht op de tweede zee
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 2001

V Marine (1963-1965)

cinq variations sur un vol d'oiseaux de mer pour sept groupes d'instruments

premiere: Amsterdam, July 3, 1977, ASKO Ensemble, dir. Cliff Crego
dur.: 11'00"
instr.: orchestra
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1977
 Listen to 31 seconds of Marine (bar 1-18; 255K)

VI Zeven sinfonias uit Johanna de Waanzinnige (1964)

[Seven sinfonias from Joanna the Mad]

premiere: not performed
dur.: 12'30"
instr.: soprano, piccolo, 2 flutes, French horn, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, double bassoon, percussion
remarks: musical component of the chamber opera "Joanna the Mad"
publ.: manuscript

Johanna de Waanzinnige: opera voor televisie [Joanna the Mad: opera for television] (libretto and film directions)

VII Stenen eten (1965)

[The Stone-Eaters]

premiere: unknown
dur.: 5'00"
instr.: 2 pianos
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1969

Comments by the composer (Dutch)
 Listen to 29 seconds of Stenen eten (0'00"-0'29"; 233K)

VIII IJzer (1965)

[Iron]

premiere: unknown
dur.: 8'00"
instr.: violin and piano
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1966
 Listen to 28 seconds of IJzer (0'00"-0'28"; 239K)

IX Centrum van stilte (1965)

[Centre of silence]

two pieces of music for organ

premiere: unknown
dur.: 5'00"
instr.: organ
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1966

Comments by the composer (Dutch)

X Insecten (1966)

for 13 strings

premiere: unknown
dur.: 9'00"
instr.: 5 violins, 3 violas, 2 celli, 3 double basses
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1967
discography: Dutch Chamber Orchestra, dir. David Zinman
remarks: Incentive prize International Gaudeamus Music Week 1967
 Listen to 12 seconds of Insecten (0'00"-0'12"; 123K).
Here available on Youtube.

XI Glass music (1966)

Glass Music premiere: unknown
dur.: 7'30"
instr.: piano
publ.:London: Peters, 1977

discography: Doris Hays; Ralph van Raat

Comments by the composer (Dutch, English)

MP3's of complete works by Jos Kunst
 Listen to 35 seconds of Glass music (3'04"-3'39"; 250K)
Here available on Youtube.

XII Extérieur (1967)

dur.: 9'39"
premiere: unknown
instr.: tape
publ.: Institute for Sonology, The Hague
discography: Anthology of Dutch electronic tape music

Comments by the composer (English)
Extérieur, een electronisch muziekstuk van Jos Kunst, by Rolf den Otter (Dutch)

XIII Anti-pop-music [1967-1968?]

remarks: never got off the ground, nothing known about this except the working title

XIV Arboreal (1968)

premiere: Rotterdam, September 11, 1969
dur.: 9'30"
instr.: orchestra
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1969
discography: Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, dir. Paul Hupperts
remarks: First prize International Gaudeamus Music Week 1969

Comments by the composer (Dutch, English)
 Listen to 35 seconds of Arboreal (bar 1-8; 280K)

XV Expulsion (1968)

premiere: unknown
dur.: 9'00"
instr.: tape
publ.: Instituut for Sonology, The Hague
discography: Electronic panorama; Electronic 2000

Comments by the composer (French, English, German, Dutch)
EARLabs digitized the recording from "Electronic panorama" and put it online here (8.6 MB mp3 file).
Available on Youtube here and here. A FLAC version of Expulsion is available on archive.org.

XVI Trajectoire (1969-1970)

premiere: unknown
dur.: 7'30"
instr.: 16 voices (4 sopranos, 4 altos, 4 tenors, 4 basses), wind quintet (flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon), string trio (violin, viola, cello), harp, 2 percussionists
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1970
discography: Radio Chamber Choir and Radio Chamber Orchestra, dir. Ernest Bour

Comments by the composer (Dutch)
 Listen to 20 seconds of Trajectoire (0'52"-1'12"; 147K)

XVII One way (1970)

premiere: Amsterdam, March 13, 1971
dur.: 8'00"
instr.: chamber orchestra (piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet in Es, clarinet in Bes, bass clarinet, bassoon, double bassoon, 2 French horn, trumpet, trombone, 2 percussionists, 4 violin, 2 violas, 3 celli, 2 double basses, one of which with 5 strings)
publ.: London: Peters, 1972

Comments by the composer (Dutch)
 Listen to 44 seconds of One way (bar 1-11; 345K)

XVIII Outward bound (1971)

premiere: unknown
dur.: 4'30"
instr.: harp
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1971

XIX Elements of logic (1972)

premiere: Scheveningen, February 25, 1973
dur.: 12'00"
instr.: wind orchestra (3 flutes (1st also piccolo), 2 alto flutes (2nd also bass flute), es-clarinet in E flat, 2 clarinets, 3 bass clarinets, contrabass clarinet, 4 bassoons, 2 double bassoons, 6 French horns, 2 tubas, sopranino sax, soprano sax, alto sax, 3 tenor saxes, 2 baritone saxes and bass sax)
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1972
discography: Residentie Orchestra, dir. Ernest Bour
remarks: composed in collaboration with Jan Vriend

Comments to the score by the composers (English), Comments to the recording by the composers (Dutch, English)

XX Judgment [1972-1974?]

instr.: six percussionists
remarks: unfinished

XXI No time-cyclus

See also: Comments by the composer (Dutch)

XXI:1 Solo identity I (1972)

premiere: April 10, 1972, Harry Sparnaay
dur.: 6'00"
instr.: bass clarinet
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1972
discography: Harry Sparnaay (1); Harry Sparnaay (2); John Anderson

Comments by the composer (English)

MP3's of complete works by Jos Kunst
 Listen to 22 seconds of Solo identity I (bar 1-6; 175K)
Here available on Youtube.

XXI:2 Solo identity II (1973)

premiere: unknown
dur.: 6'00"
instr.: piano
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1973
discography: Carla Hübner; René Eckhardt; Polo de Haas; Frank Denyer

Comments by the composer (Dutch)
 Listen to 22 seconds of Solo identity II (bar 1-6; 172K)
Here available on Youtube.

XXI:3 No time at all (1973)

premiere: unknown
dur.: 6'00"
instr.: bass clarinet and piano
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1973
discography: Fusion Moderne; John Anderson and Frank Denyer
remarks: combination of both the preceding Solo identities
 Listen to 20 seconds of No time at all (bar 1-6; 152K)
Here available on Youtube.

XXI:4 No time (1974)

premiere: unknown
dur.: 11'30"
instr.: 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, piano, 2 percussionists
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1974
remarks: from measure 67 onwards the parts of bass clarinet and piano are equal to No time at all (and hence to both the Solo identities )
discography: Ensemble, dir. Jan Vriend; The Barton Workshop, dir. Walter Althammer

Comments by the composer (Dutch, English)
Here available on Youtube.

XXII Any two (1975)

premiere: unknown
dur.: 9'00"
instr.: 2 woodwinds
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1975
discography: John Anderson and Jos Zwaanenburg

Here available on Youtube.

Rafale [1975-1978?]

instr.: 5 flutes and tape
remarks: unfinished

XXIII Streams & chorals (1989-1991)

premiere: Amsterdam, September 2, 1997, ASKO Ensemble, dir. Stefan Asbury, with Liesbeth Steffens, viola
dur.: 16'00"
instr: viola, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, 4 saxes
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1992

Comments by the composer (English)
Review by Frits van der Waa of the concert of September 2, 1997.(in Dutch).

XXIV Flying Garuda (1992)

premiere: Amsterdam, November 20, 1994, Klaas Bakker
dur.: 7'00"
instr.: piano
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1996

Comments by the composer (English, Dutch)
Review by Frits van der Waa of the concert of November 20, 1994 (in Dutch).

XXV Topos teleios (1993-1994)

a midday epiphany for string quartet

premiere: Amsterdam, November 20, 1994, Schönberg kwartet
dur.: 10'00"
instr.: string quartet
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1995

Comments by the composer (English, Dutch)
Review by Frits van der Waa of the concert of November 20, 1994 (in Dutch).

XXVI Exchange for fire (1994)

premiere: Ruïnekerk, Bergen, December 19, 1994, Jos Zwaanenburg
dur.: 7'00"
instr.: flute
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1995
discography: Jos Zwaanenburg

Comments by the composer (Dutch)
Here available on Youtube.

XXVII Concertino (1994-1995)

for piano, winds and percussion

premiere: Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, November 10, 1998, The Barton Workshop, dir. Jan Vriend
dur.: 17'00"
instr.: flute, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, trombone, percussion, piano
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1997
discography: The Barton Workshop, dir. Walter Althammer

Review by Frits van der Waa in De Volkskrant from November 13, 1998 of the concert of November 10, 1998 (in Dutch). Here available on Youtube.

XXVIII Six études (1995-1996)

à la mémoire de Claude Debussy

premiere: of the Étude XXVIII:1: Centrum Nieuwe Muziek, Kloveniersdoelen, Middelburg, January 8, 2000; of the Étude XXVIII:2: De Nieuwe Veste, Breda, November 9, 2001; both by Ralph van Raat.
dur.: 2'00" (Étude XXVIII:1), 2'30" (Étude XXVIII:2)
instr.: piano
publ.: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1998 (Étude XXVIII:1)
remarks: unfinished. Only the Étude XXVIII:1 "...pour l'allant" was finished by the composer; the Étude XXVIII:2 "...pour les lignes et les accords" has been finished by Ralph van Raat.
discography: Ralph van Raat

Here available on Youtube.