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Piece Title : Goldrush
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Composer / Arranger : ter Veldhuis, Jacob
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JacobTV - CV 2010
Dutch ‘avant pop’ composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis, 1951) started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music at the Groningen Conservatory, where he was awarded the Composition Prize of the Netherlands in 1980. He became a full time composer and soon made a name for himself with melodious compositions, straight from the heart and with great effect. ‘I pepper my music with sugar,’ he says. Long queues at the box office of the four-day Jacob TV Festival in Rotterdam in 2001 already attested to his growing popularity. The NRC called him the ‘Jeff Koons of new music’ and his ‘coming-out’ as a composer of ultra-tonal, mellifluous music reached its climax with the video oratorio Paradiso, with videos by Jaap Drupsteen, premiered the day after 9-11 and released on CD and DVD by British record label Chandos. 
In the last decade JacobTV’s so called boombox works, for live instruments with a grooving sound track based on speech melody, became internationally popular.

Although JacobTV is one of the most performed European composers, he is still an outlaw in the established modern classical music scene, and was recently even accused of ‘musical terrorism’ after a premiere at the World Harp Congress in Amsterdam. According to the Wall Street Journal his newest work ‘makes many a hip-hop artist look sedate’. In 2007 the ‘box set trilogy, an anthology of his work with 12 hours of audio and video, was released by and presented at a 3 day JacobTV mini festival at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. JacobTV lives in the Dutch country side and is momentarily composing a video opera called ’The News’ about the credit crunch and other world events, while touring with his JacobTV Band with the multi media show  ‘Cities Change The Songs Of Birds’.

‘Stylistically, Jacob ter Veldhuis is hard to pin down. His classical side is a lush combination of post minimalism and romanticism. While he was working on integrating rock, jazz, and pop culture into his music from one side, he was turning away from high modernism on the other’.
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‘JacobTV is preoccupied with American media and world events and draws raw materials from those sources. His work possesses an explosive strength and raw energy combined with extraordinarily intricate architectural design’. 
Limor Tomer, former curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art, now Executive Producer of Music at WNYC.

‘JacobTV is one of the most intriguing and engaging European composers of today. His control of energy and momentum, in fact, is one of his music`s greatest strengths. His fast-moving pieces have an exciting sense of drive and purposefulness, and his more meditative pieces have a logic and quiet intensity that keep them from being meandering or static. TV’s music is emotionally direct, and he possesses an authentic lyrical gift that never sounds like rehashed Romanticism. His music is marked by a gentle optimism that reflects his deliberate rejection of what he perceives as the negativity of much modern music.’*
Stephen Eddins, critic of

Main works: Reality Opera THE NEWS, The Rainbow-, Tallahatchie- and Goldrush- concertos, the video oratorio Paradiso, Mountain Top, the 2nd Pianoconcerto ‘Sky Falling’, ‘NOW’, String Quartets 1,2 & 3, Drei Stille Lieder, Diverso il Tempo, Laws of Science, Grab it!, Heartbreakers, Buku, Jesus is coming, May this Bliss never end, the Body of your Dreams, Les Soupirs de Rameau, Cities change the Songs of Birds, the Postnuclear Winterscenarios, piano trio Nivea Hair Care Styling Mousse, Cheese Cake, Lipstick.

JacobTV was performed by The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Russian State Academy, the Düsseldorf Symfoniker, the Metropole Orchestra, the US Navy Band,by conductors such as Markus Stenz, Tajoro Imori, Jurjen Hempel, Alexander Liebreich, Paul Daniel, Richard Tognetti, and by soloists such as Branford Marsalis, James Galway, Evelyn Glennie, Maraca2 Percussion Duo, Ronald Brautigam, Arno Bornkamp, Kevin R. Gallagher, Margaret Lancaster, Claron McFadden, Thomas Allen, Andrew Russo and ensembles like Het Nederlands Kamerkoor, Electra, Electric Kompany, Ethel, Fulcrumpoint, Quasar, E.A.R. Unit, Real Quiet, the Apollon Musagete - Onyx-, Ruysdael-, Aurelia-, Prism- and New Century Quartets, Safri Duo, Calefax, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, De Volharding, Fireworks, Gending, Combustion Chamber, the Clazz - Glass - Crash -  Farm -  Parco Contemporanea Musica - and Fifh House Ensembles as well as many others. Choreographers like Hans van Manen, Nanine Linning, Conny Janssen, Annabel Lopez-Ochoa, Dominique Dumais and Johan Inger have created ballets on his music in productions for the Nederlands Danstheater, Het Nationaal Ballet, Introdans, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam etc.



Total Number of Percussionists Required :2 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Tuned Percussion Duet
Instrumentation : Bongos (Set of) / Cow Bell (x2) / Crotales (Set of) (x2) / Glockenspiel / Hi-Hats / Kick Bass Drum / Large Size Tom (x2) / Octapad (midi Gongs or real tai gongs) / Remote Hi-Hat Stand / Snare Drum (x2) / Splash Cymbal / Suspended Cymbal (x2) / Tam-Tam / Timbales / Timpani (x4) / Trap Table (for mallets and/or bow) (x3) / Vibraphone / Windchimes (x2) / Wood Block (x4)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 3 Octave Vibraphone, 4 1/2 Octave Marimba (Bottom F), Timpani (Bottom F, Bb), Crotales 2 Octaves
Written for / Commissioned by : Safri Duo, Denmark
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Jacob ter Veldhuis / Joint Venture Duo
Accompanied :N/A
Publisher :Donemus Publishing
Publishers Website
Publisher Details : Donemus is a dynamic organisation devoted to contemporary Dutch music. With our publications and information we promote works by Dutch composers worldwide.
Year Composed / Copyright Date :1995 /  1995
Duration :13Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :4
Special Needs :Amplification may be required depending on hall size.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Goldrush, for 2 percussionists, was written in March 1995 for the Safri Duo. In 1996 they performed it world-wide more than 50 times and recorded it as the title piece of their fourth album (Goldrush, Chandos CHAN 9482). Ever since Goldrush has become a repertoire piece for percussion ensembles around the world. The Polish duo Hob-Beats is the second duo to record Goldrush. Rhythm is the heartbeat of music.

Percussion excites me. I grew up in the sixties and my roots are in the rock culture. And rock means rhythm. I played in bands, found out how to improvise and went to the Conservatory to study composition.
Composing for me always begins with ideas and sketches on which I improvise in my studio. Musical inspiration comes fast and suddenly, but easily evaporates because I can’t write it down so fast. But modern technology is of great help by simply playing my ideas on a keyboard instead of writing it down. And so I am able to crystallize it into a composition.
The Safri’s asked for an effectful piece involving most of their instruments. I decided to pick the vibes and the marimba as the main instruments, adding a large variety of percussion instruments.

Although the music is abstract, Goldrush tells the story of the search for gold, which led to so many catastrophies in the history of man. After lots of struggling and endeavor, near the end, when you least expect it, there it is: pure shining gold, represented by crotales, chimes and glockenspiel. Of course gold should also be understood here as a metaphor for.... bliss.

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