Roché van Tiddens

Born 1990, Roché composed his first classical work at the age of 22 under the tutelage of Hans Roosenschoon, although he started writing light music at the age of 16 with a protest song against child soldiers in Africa. He was awarded the Hans Roosenschoon Music Foundation Scholarship for composition in 2014 and 2015. He completed a Masters in Composition at Stellenbosch University while researching the spectral music scene in South Africa. In March of 2016, Roché’s work for Brass Quintet was performed at the ISCM World Music Days in South Korea. He then started studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Composition at the Birmingham Conservatoire in September 2016 with Andrew Hamilton as his teacher. In February 2017 he was selected to take part in the Young Composer’s Meeting in Apeldoorn with the Orkest de Ereprijs where he won the prize to write for the Internationale Stichting Masterclasses in Apeldoorn 2017.

Roché has a fascination for nature and the sounds that occur in the African ‘bushveld’. he enjoys making field recordings for musical inspiration using spectral analysis as a composition technique.

"Het jy die Olifant gehoor?"
for the Internationale Stichting Masterclass Apeldoorn, 2017
Harm Roché van Tiddens, May 2017

Programme Note
Het jy die Olifant gehoor? compares the calling of elephants with a
lightning storm. The
rhythmic polyphony creates a wild unpredictable soundscape and sudden
fortissimo moments represent elephant calls. The elephants are warning the
other animals that
there is danger around. The backdrop of rhythmic polyphony represents the
ecosystem as the life around the elephants respond to their cries. The piece
asks the question,
“did you listen to the elephant?”