Mr Claasen playing one of Klatzow’s compositions. A first performance of this work!

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ClaasenWe are indeed fortunate to have exceptionally talented staff in the Music Department at Wynberg Girls’ High. The following is a recording of Mr Clinton Claasen playing one of Peter Klatzow’s compositions – a first performance of this work – Going Places – a Suite for Young Pianists.

Professor Klatzow is currently Associate Professor in Composition at the University of Cape Town. In 1986 he was elected to the rank of Fellow of the University of Cape Town for “having performed original distinguished academic work of such quality as to merit special recognition.”

“One of the few South African composers to achieve international recognition, Peter Klatzow has won prizes in Spain and Toronto, and his works have been performed in various European centres and the United States. In South Africa he was awarded the prestigious Helgard Steyn prize worth £6000 for his piano suite “From the Poets”.

His major works include a full length ballet on Hamlet, music for ballets on Drie Diere and Vier Gebede, and Concertos for various solo instruments; piano, clarinet, organ, marimba, and a double Concerto for flute and marimba. His Prayers and Dances of Praise from Africa was recently introduced at the Three Choirs Festival, Worcester, UK. Last year saw the first performances of two new works; his 3rd String Quartet (commissioned by the Lake District Summer Music Festival for the Chilingirian Quartet) and Return of the Moon, a cycle for voices and marimba, commissioned by the King’s Singers for themselves and Evelyn Glennie.” 1

 

1  Information about Peter Klatzow obtained from
http://www.sacomposers.co.za/sacomposers/Klatzow,_Peter.html