|Jan Hage||'Jan Vriend - Jets
het ORGEL 95 (1999), nr. 2, 14-20 [summary]
Jets d'Orgue, written by Jan Vriend, is a milestone in organ literature as well in the oeuvre of the composer himself. Part 1 of the -three-part composition was published in 1985. It was premiered in 1989 by Gotifried Sembdner. Parts 2 and 3 were published in 1991. The first complete performance was given by Sembdner in 1993 in St-Pauls Cathedral in London. Jan Vriend (*1938) studied piano, music theory and composition at the Amsterdam Conservatory, percussion at the Utrecht Conservatory and electronic music at the Dutch Institute for Sonology. He was a pupil of Ton de Leeuw and lannis Xenakis and others. Like Xenakis, Vriend likes complexity and mathema-tics in his compositions, In 1985, Jan Vriend stated: 'An organ is like a fountain of thou-sands of pipes, sprinkling their sound through space! This explains the title and the content of Jets d'Orgue. Each part con-sists of three sections, each of which in turn consists of three subsections. Each of the nine sections begins with a Jet', which sounds like an explosion or a cataract of sound. These 'Jets' are followed by a homophonic or a polyphonic centre part. The sec-tions are closed with exploration of the effects an organ is capa-ble of. Jets d'Orgue requires a relatively large, at least three manual organ. Vriend used the organ of the Grote Kerk at Haarlem as a reference.