Roderik de Man

(b. 23 May 1941, Bandung, West Java).

Dutch composer, born in Indonesia, of mostly chamber, electroacoustic and multimedia works that have been performed throughout the world.

Mr. de Man studied percussion with Frans van der Kraan and music theory at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, where he also studied composition with Kees van Baaren and worked in the studio for electronic music as a student of Dick Raaijmakers.

Among his honours are four prizes in the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (Deuxième Prix, 1991, for Chordis Canam; Deuxième Prix, 1999, for Air to Air; Premier Prix, 2005, for Cordes invisibles; Euphonie d'Or, 2010, for Cordes invisibles) and five performances at the ISCM World Music Days (1991, Oslo; 1993, Mexico City; 1997, Seoul; 1999, Bucharest/Chișinău; 2004, Switzerland).

He is also active in other positions. He served as a member of the board of directors of the rights organisation Genootschap van Nederlandse Componisten from 1993–97. He has been a member of the artistic committee of the publisher Donemus in Amsterdam since 1997 and of the Centrum voor Elektronische Muziek since 1998.

He taught composition and music theory at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag from 1972–2007.

He was married to the harpsichordist Annelie de Man until her death in 2010.


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Dark Intervals (dance music, choreography by Sanna Myllylahti), fixed media, 2002

Mensa Secunda (incidental music, play by Jorge Isaac, Miguel Silva), recorders (1 player), fixed media, 2004 (also shorter version for recorders [1 player], fixed media, film, 2004)

De Caracal (music-theatre work, text by Judith Herzberg), mezzo-soprano–speaker, ensemble, fixed media, 2007


Dhawa Cendak, gamelan, fixed media, 1994

Changin' Sue, big band, 1999

Magnetic Fields, orchestra, fixed media (4 tracks), 1999

Array, string orchestra, 2001

Terus-terus, gamelan, 2004

Antara benua dan benua, gamelan, fixed media, 2006

Concerto, trombone, orchestra, 2007


Séance, alto recorder/flute, 1986, revised 1997

Stravaganza, alto flute, 1986, revised 1988

Dulcamara, guitar, 1987, revised 1997

Entanglements, 4 recorders (1 player), fixed media, 1987, revised 1992

In Triplicate, flute (+ piccolo), French horn, piano (+ glockenspiel), 1988

Discrepancies, 4 saxophones, 1990

Momentum, bass clarinet, harpsichord, fixed media, 1991

Touch-and-go, bass clarinet, violin, piano, 1991 (also version for baritone saxophone, violin, piano, 2000)

Departures from the Romantic Agony, violin, cello, piano, 1993

Concords and Discords, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1994

Sardana?, cobla (flabiol [flute from Catalonia], 2 tibles [shawms from Catalonia], 2 tenores [shawms from Catalonia], 2 trumpets, trombone, euphonium, double bass, tamborí [drum from Catalonia]), 1994

Serendipity, tuba, guitar, double bass, percussion, 1995

Gramvousa, flute (+ piccolo), bass clarinet, piano, fixed media, 1995

Strammer Max, 6 snare drums, 1995

Pocket Edition, oboe, clarinet, cello, piano, percussion, 1996

Miden Agan, string quartet, 1996

Lesser Slides of Sound, 2 quarter-tone flutes, 1996

Dirge, tuba, harpsichord, fixed media, 1997

Geburtstagjubel, clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, piano, 1998

Air to Air, flute (+ piccolo), basset horn, trumpet (+ piccolo trumpet), fixed media, 1998

Leonardo's flying machine, 4 recorders, fixed media, 1999

Écoute, écoute!, bass clarinet, fixed media, 1999

Volatile Voices, 2 clarinets, 3 saxophones, French horn, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, double bass (+ bass guitar), piano, fixed media, 2000

Kage, alto recorder, fixed media, 2000

Con todo el alma, bass clarinet, organ, 2001

Machina ex Deo, harmonium, fixed media, 2002

Case history, percussion, 2002

Tandem, basset horn (+ clarinet, bass clarinet), marimba (+ percussion), 2002

Sin descanso, recorders (1 player), fixed media, 2002

Rush, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bassoon, violin, cello, piano, 2002–03

Zest, 4 saxophones, 6 percussion, 2003

Samen Sterk (concerto), bass clarinet, ensemble (2 flutes, clarinet, 2 French horns, trumpet, 2 trombones, tuba, electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion), 2003

Spazio Piccolo, violin, 2003

'cause life surely is too short', guitar, 2003

Cordes invisibles, cello, piano, fixed media, 2004

CATCH, 4 saxophones, 2004

Three for Two, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bass clarinet, 2004

NEUS, bass clarinet, wine glass, 2005

PSLM, harmonium (+ voice), 2006

Edge, string quartet, 2006

Roentgen connected, recorders (1 player), viola da gamba, harpsichord, fixed media, 2006

Gotta minute?, 4 recorders, 2006

Salomon's Soundhouses, 4 saxophones, fixed media, 2006

Chromophores, flute (+ piccolo, alto flute), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet (+ bass clarinet), bassoon, trumpet, harp, amplified mandolin, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, fixed media, 2006

Sonneries (pour Annelie), violin, cello, harpsichord, 2007

Open & Closed, flute, oboe (+ English horn), 2 clarinets (both + bass clarinet), bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, harp, mandolin, piano, percussion, fixed media, 2008

Red Fingers, harp, ensemble (flute [+ piccolo, alto flute], oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, percussion), 2009

Time present/past, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 2009

Yuxtaposiciones, bass clarinet, fixed media, 2009

Sorts of Numbers, recorders (1 player), fixed media, 2009

Plainte, sopranino flute, fixed media, 2010

Turbulenza di Protoni!, pan flute, organ, 2010

Black Pencil Music, recorders (1 player), pan flute, viola, percussion, fixed media, 2010

Music for a Maverick, guitar, fixed media, 2011

Tangente, viola, accordion, 2011

Fuerza Interior, recorders (1 player), pan flute, viola, accordion, percussion, 2011


On Sensations of Tone (texts by Hermann von Helmholtz, Plato, Francis Bacon, Percy Bysshe Shelley), mixed chorus, fixed media, 1995, revised 1997

Stepping Stones (text by Dag Hammarskjöld), baritone, mixed chorus, organ, 2003

Americana, mixed chorus, 2004

Scènes uit een huwelijk, mixed chorus, fixed media, 2005


Five Songs on Poems by Wendy Cope (text by Wendy Cope), mezzo-soprano, piano, 1990 (also version for mezzo-soprano, soprano saxophone, harp, violin, piano, marimba [+ percussion], 1999)

Sigurður's Song, mezzo-soprano, baritone, live electronics, 1997

Nuit de l'enfer, tenor, small orchestra, fixed media, 1998

Transports, female voice, toy piano, 2002

Tsaar Peter's Schepping (text by Alexander Pushkin), tenor, fixed media, 2003

Thou single wilt prove none, female voice, fixed media, 2011


Ivoren Landschap, 1992

Distant Mirror, 2 pianos, 1996 (version of multimedia work)

Toccata voor kleinbehuisden, 1998

Auxochromes, piano, fixed media, 2001

Wajang, piano, fixed media, 2002

Dmitri, 2006

Nancarrow's Nightmare, 2 pianos, fixed media, 2008

Left versus Right, 2 pianos, fixed media, 2008

Blue Bait, 2010


Vanishing Points, organ, fixed media (4 tracks), 2001

Crosscurrents, 2004

Strange echoes in trunks and pipes, organ, fixed media, 2009


Frenzy, 1985

What's in a name?, 1985

Chordis Canam, harpsichord, fixed media, 1989

Three Minutes for Harpsichord, 1-manual harpsichord, 1991, revised 1998


Visioen, fixed media, 1994

Radioverhaal (radiophonic work), fixed media, 1996

Passages voor 'Une Saison en Enfer', fixed media, 1998

Wait a minute, fixed media, 1999

Music, when soft voices die..., fixed media, 2002

Vaarwel, fixed media, 2003

Sensorial Box, fixed media, 2006

Hear, hear!, fixed media, 2008

A message from K., fixed media, 2009


Verloren Paradijzen, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 4 strings, fixed media, slide projections, 1991

Distant Mirror, 2 harpsichords, live electronics, slide projections, 1996 (also version for 2 pianos)

Orkes Bercahaya, gamelan, light projections (by Rob van de Poel), 1997

Slagschaduw, percussion, fixed media, theatrical sculpture, 1998

Lirica, soprano, fixed media, film (by Maura Biava), 1999

Inside Out, ensemble, film (by Arnoud Noordegraaf), 2005

Voix égales, recorders (1 player), fixed media, film, 2005

Città (text by Willem van Toorn), fixed media, film (by Willem Snitker), 2006

Marionette, recorders (1 player), fixed media, film (by Marcel Wierckx), 2007

Panopticon, recorders (1 player), fixed media, film, 2007

The amazing adventures of Baron von Münchhausen, speaker, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, double bass, percussion, film, 2007

Frozen Flashes, fixed media, installation (by Merja Herzog-Hellstén), 2009


Gramvousa; Distant Mirror (original version); Nuit de l'enfer; Dhawa Cendak; Leonardo's flying machine. Marcel Beekman, tenor; Annelie de Man, Silvia Márquez Chulilla, harpsichords; Het Trio; Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam; Jurrien Sligter/Bashō Ensemble; Rutger van Leyden/Ensemble Gending (Attacca Babel: 9989)

Sonneries (pour Annelie). ORYX (Attacca Babel: 28120)

Orkes Bercahaya. Jurrien Sligter/Ensemble Gending (BVHaast: CD0201)

Machina ex Deo. Dirk Luijmes, harmonium (Challenge Classics: CC72166)

Changin' Sue. Eric van der Westen's Quadrant (Challenge Records: CHR 70077)

Chordis Canam. Annelie de Man, harpsichord (Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 053/54/CM 211)

Cordes invisibles. Doris Hochscheid, cello; Frans van Ruth, piano (Le Chant du Monde)

Spazio Piccolo. Anahi Oraisón, violin (COM.Post)

Three for Two. Paul Roe, clarinet, bass clarinet; Harry Sparnaay, bass clarinet (Contemporary Music Centre/Diatribe Recordings: DIACDSOL002)

Chromophores. Ulrich Pöhl/Insomnio (Deutschlandfunk)

Departures from the Romantic Agony; Gramvousa; Auxochromes; Touch-and-go (original version); Miden Agan; Tandem. Ilya Lundin, flute, piccolo; Oleg Tantzov, basset horn, clarinet, bass clarinet; Vladimir Lukyanov, violin; Igor Sitnikov, cello; Mikhail Dubov, piano; Alexander Suvorov, marimba, percussion; Alexei Vinogradov/Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Donemus: CV 139)

Air to Air. Gillian Lampater, flute, piccolo; Tara Bouman, basset horn; Achim Gorsch, trumpet, piccolo trumpet (Electroshock Records: ELCD 026–27)

Sin descanso; Dark Intervals; Air to Air; Chordis Canam; Entanglements; Momentum; Wait a minute; Tsaar Peter's Schepping. Marcel Beekman, tenor; Jorge Isaac, recorders; Gillian Lampater, flute, piccolo; Harry Sparnaay, bass clarinet; Tara Bouman, basset horn; Achim Gorsch, trumpet, piccolo trumpet; Annelie de Man, harpsichord (Electroshock Records: ELCD 040)

Écoute, écoute!; Vanishing Points; Air to Air; Five Songs on Poems by Wendy Cope (second version); Slagschaduw; Auxochromes; Kage; Wait a minute. Andrea Austin Jones, mezzo-soprano; Marjolijn van Roon, alto recorder; Gillian Lampater, flute, piccolo; Harry Sparnaay, bass clarinet; Tara Bouman, basset horn; Achim Gorsch, trumpet, piccolo trumpet; René Eckhardt, piano; Willem Tanke, organ; Frederike de Winter, percussion; Rosa Ensemble (Emergo Classics: 3905)

Dulcamara. Reinhold Westerheide, guitar (Erasmus: WVH 072)

Chordis Canam; Ivoren Landschap; Entanglements; Departures from the Romantic Agony; Momentum; Visioen. Jettie Ouwehand, recorders; Harry Sparnaay, bass clarinet; Ananda Sukarlan, piano; Annelie de Man, harpsichord; Osiris Trio (Erasmus: WVH 141)

Crosscurrents. Jos van der Kooy, organ (Etcetera Records: KTC 1364)

Magnetic Fields; Cordes invisibles; Chromophores; Hear, hear!; Marionette; Volatile Voices. Jorge Isaac, recorders; Doris Hochscheid, cello; Frans van Ruth, piano; Ulrich Pöhl/Insomnio; Jurjen Hempel/Orkest de Volharding; Péter Eötvös/Radio Kamer Orkest (Etcetera Records: KTC 1386)

Gotta minute? Brisk Recorder Quartet Amsterdam (Globe: GLO 5220)

Frenzy; What's in a name? Annelie de Man, harpsichord (HGM: CD 02)

Momentum. Harry Sparnaay, bass clarinet; Annelie de Man, harpsichord (NM Classics: 92038)

Tandem. Tara Bouman, basset horn, clarinet, bass clarinet; Tatiana Koleva, marimba, percussion (Novalinea Records: TK 0401)

Ivoren Landschap; Auxochromes. Angela Tosheva, piano (Orange Factory: OF 864783)

Wait a minute. (PEM: CD 1)

Sardana? Rutger van Leyden/Cobla La Principal d'Amsterdam (Syncoop: 5757 CD 211)

'cause life surely is too short'. Dario Macaluso, guitar (UME: CD001bis)

Wajang. Thalia Myers, piano (Usk Recordings: USK 1227CDD)

Marionette. Jorge Isaac, recorders (Visisonor Records: VR 2811)