Composition

In my works, there are several compositional elements that I consider very important. The craft of composition and attention to musical rhetoric and logic, as discussed in Schoenberg’s Fundamentals of Musical Composition, for example, is of vital importance to me. My compositions often exhibit contrasting aesthetics and styles which includes the exploration of neo-romanticism, texturalism, spectralism, experimentalism, developing variation, stratification, and thematicism, often also embracing a combination of these musical languages. Despite the seemingly divergent sonic identities in my music, all of them have a core that is based on form, logic, and rhetoric. Another element that is always present in my music is cultural and musical influences from my home country, South Africa. Recently I have also been enthusiastic about incorporating themes of social injustice and humanitarian issues into my music. These include racial, gender, and socio-economic inequalities. My composition, mabalêl, showcases themes of socio-economic injustices faced by communities in rural South Africa.

All of my scores are published by my own publishing company and can be purchased by contacting me directly. My contact details are at the bottom of each page. All score prices are available upon inquiry.

Recordings from performances of my works can be found on YouTube by clicking on the following link:

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for kalimba and live electronics

November 2018

Johannes Visser

Duration: circa 12:00

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improvisasie vir kalimba

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for flute, cello, and prepared piano

November 2018

Johannes Visser

Op.9

Duration: circa 04:40

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munch museum

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for chamber or large orchestra

January 2018

Johannes Visser

Op.7

Duration: circa 11:30

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bo-kaap

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fantasie vir harp

for solo harp

December 2017

 

Johannes Visser

Op.6

 

Duration: circa 04:30

 

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madiba se sprokie

for large orchestra

July 2016 - revision May 2018

 

Johannes Visser

Op.4a

 

Duration: circa 11:00

 

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Untitled 1

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for eight-piece chamber ensemble

April 2016

 

Johannes Visser

Op.3

 

Duration: circa 10:00

 

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for large orchestra

July 2016

Johannes Visser

Op.4

Duration: circa 11:00

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sprokie

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List of compositions

for orchestra

Composition

- mabalêl

- klankstruktuur no.2, op.8

- bo-kaap, op.7

- madiba se sprokie, op.4a

- sprokie, op.4​

- Cleopatra - opera aria

Orchestration

| large orchestra, soprano

| large orchestra

| chamber or medium orchestra

| large orchestra

| large orchestra​

| chamber orchestra

Duration

| 17:30

| 02:10

| 11:30

| 10:50

| 10:50​

| 05:40

Date of composition

| 2019

| 2018

| 2018

| 2016/18

| 2016

| 2016

Premiere

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| April 2018, Louisville, KY

| March 2018, Louisville, KY

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| June 2017, Cape Town, SA

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for chamber ensemble

Composition

- munch museum, op.9

- Untitled 1, op.3

- sonate vir tjello en klavier

- klankstruktuur no.1

- String quartet no.1

Orchestration

| flute, cello, prepared piano

| fl, hn, perc, pno, vln, vla, vcl

| cello, piano

| trombone, live electronics​

| 2 violins, viola, cello

Duration

| 04:40

| 09:50

| 07:00

| 07:30

| 06:00

Date of composition

| 2018

| 2016

| 2016

| 2018

| 2015

Premiere

| November 2018, Louisville, KY

| May 2016, Louisville, KY

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| April 2018, Louisville, KY

for choir

Composition

- herontmoeting

- gym

- straatkafee melville 

Orchestration

| SSAA

| SSA + piano

| SSAATTBB + SSAATTBB​

Duration

| 05:20

| 02:30

| 04:10​

Date of composition

| 2017

| 2017

| 2016​

Premiere

|​

for solo instruments

Composition

- beeld en dans

- fantasie vir harp 

Orchestration

| clarinet

| harp​​

Duration

| 07:10

| 04:20​

Date of composition

| 2016

| 2017​​

Premiere

| March 2018, Louisville, KY

| March 2018, Louisville​, KY

for electronics

Composition

- improvisasie vir kalimba

- vryheid

- klankstruktuur no.1

- sound portraits

Orchestration

| kalimba, live electronics

| fixed media (Max/MSP)

| trombone, live electronics

| sound installation

Duration

| c.12:00

| 04:00

| 07:30​

| 45:00

Date of composition

| 2018

| 2017

| 2018

| 2018​​

Premiere

| November 2018, Louisville, KY

| April 2018, Louisville, KY

| April 2018, Louisville​, KY

| April 2018, Louisville, KY

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