After he had finished his studies in piano, church organ and choral conducting in Utrecht, Hans Bakker (b. 1945) began teaching piano at music schools in two places in the Netherlands. Apart from his teaching practice, he conducted two choirs and was active in the improvisational music scene. His career in music was followed by the study of Sanskrit. After his successful graduation from the University of Amsterdam, he returned to music, becoming completely occupied by teaching at the Globe Center for Art and Culture in the city of Hilversum.
Initially, composing was only a minor occupation next to Bakker’s other work. However, in 1997 it became a daily routine; he wrote a great number of chamber music works and many choir compositions, including the cycle of choirs Prašasti. He also composed works for orchestra and pieces for carillon.
His first Enhanced CD THE UNNAMED SOURCE features moving performances by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Vit Micka and an astounding array of its instrumentalists. Subsequent releases include SLICES, namely his "DUO voor viool en klarinet", and SEEKING & FINDING with seven choral works performed by the Kuhn Choir Prague. Featured on the following compilation CD DANCES OF ETERNITY are Bakker’s orchestral works Canzona L’altra Persona and Canzona II: Tribute to the Sun; alongside works of Dal Porto, Evans, Fairlie-Kennedy, and Iannaccone.
“....I have heard some things by Netherlander Hans Bakker before and have enjoyed his direct and compelling style. The two canzoni heard here: Canzona L’altra Persona and Canzona II Tribute to the Sun are both absorbing works and offer some nice contrast. The 'L’altra Persona' is a very brooding, introspective work that sounds a little bit like film music in places (perhaps John Barry) and tension-filled throughout but his 'Tribute to the Sun' is a work that starts dark and gets "brighter" (if you will) and really does exude a sunrise feel to it. I thought these two works work very well separately but also pair very well, as heard here....”
(Audiophile Audition, DANCES OF ETERNITY, June 11, 2013 - by Daniel Coombs)
More than 18 years ago the source of my music started to flow after I became acquainted with the writings of the German painter and writer Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, also known as Bô Yin Râ.
The resulting music is sometimes expansive and outward, with expression of state of mind or emotion, such as in Canzona L’Altra Persona and Canzona II Tribute to the Sun for orchestra.
Sometimes my music is more personal and inward, such as in Gott and Canto 33 for choir.