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Contemporary Classical Music Composer

Theo Verbey (5 July 1959-13 October 2019) was a Dutch composer of contemporary classical music. His style – which has been described as energetic and appealing – is known for its elegance, rhythmically transparent approach and rich instrumentation. Theo’s orchestral, chamber and vocal works are favorites with listeners and musicians and never fail to touch the hearts of those who hear them. His commitment to teaching has also paved the way for new musicians, creating a legacy that will last for generations to come.

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Roterdam Choir to sing Gesualdo's Sacrae Cationes Liber Secundus, completed by Theo Verbey

19 Mar 2023

Citykerk Het Steiger/Sint Dominicus, Hang 18, 3011 GG Rotterdam

Cappella Gabrieli, Maarten Michielsen

Palestrina, Gesualdo, Brahms, and Schönberg, among others

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Ensemble Aedes performs Stravinsky's Les Noces

09 Jun 2023

Vienna Muzikverein, Vienna, Austria

Ensemble Aedes, Les Siècles, Mathieu Romano


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“Earthy, lean and superbly performed”

The CD review by Andrew Clements for The Guardian:
An early unfinished version of the 1923 landmark work, completed by 
Theo Verbey almost 100 years after Stravinsky conceived it, 
is earthy, lean and superbly performed.

World premiere recording of Theo Verbey’s completion of Stravinsky’s Les Noces in a rare 1919 version released

World premiere recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces in a rare version of 1919 by Ensemble Aedes and Les Siècles conducted by Mathieu Romano.

“This recording is the result of a project conceived by the choreographer Dominique Brun, director of the dance company Les Porteurs d’Ombre, who asked me to provide the music for a new programme, Nijinska / Voilà la femme, which was premiered at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris in March 2021. It comprises two major works, Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Ravel’s Bolero, both of which were originally choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska for the Ballets Russes.” - Mathieu Romano

Publication of recently discovered Sonatina for bassoon and contrabass

An old work from 1976 has been discovered in Theo Verbey's archive. It is the Sonatina for bassoon and contrabass that Verbey wrote on the occasion of the wedding of two colleagues from the Delft Symphony Orchestra, Nel and Diemer de Vries. Although Verbey's official works list only begins in 1985 with the work Aura, the Sonatina is already quite representative of his style. The characteristic humor, playfulness and use of canon as a stylistic means can already be clearly heard. The sheet music of this work is available through Theo's publisher, Deuss Music at https://www.deussmusic.com/componisten/TheoVerbey/sonatine/16697228925531 We eagerly await the world premiere of a work that Theo wrote at the age of 17!