Robert Rojer | Jan Gerard Palm, 1831 - 1905: 19th Century Music from Curaçao

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Jan Gerard Palm, 1831 - 1905: 19th Century Music from Curaçao

by Robert Rojer

Jan Gerard Palm, one of the Caribbean’s most prominent 19th century composers, lived from 1831 to 1906 on the island of Curaçao. Palm is referred to as the “Father of Curaçao’s classical music”. The music is beautifully performed by Robert A. Rojer.
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1. El Viejo Moyo (Waltz)
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2. Anna (Danza)
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3. El Triste Presente (Waltz)
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4. Jan Schorrenber En Marie (Tumba)
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5. Inda, Mi Tei (Mazurka)
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6. El 18 De Febrero (Waltz)
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7. Besjimantó (Danza)
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8. 14 De Mayo (Polka)
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9. Engelenzang (Canto De Los Angeles) (Waltz)
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10. Djuku (Danza)
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11. Pensando 3 De Enero (Mazurka)
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12. Catrien (Waltz)
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13. Emilio (Danza)
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14. Kleine Frits (Waltz)
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15. Eduardo (Polka)
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16. La Casa Blanca (Waltz)
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17. Shi Marichi (Tumba)
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18. La Despedida De Eliza (Waltz)
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19. Qué Bueno! (Danza)
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20. Paranda (Waltz)
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21. La Triguena (Danza)
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22. Casino (Mazurka)
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23. Mis Ojitos (Waltz)
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24. Ka'i Orgel (Polka)
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25. Un Sueno En La Menor (Waltz)
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26. Erani Ta Malu (Danza)
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27. La Paciencia (Waltz)
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28. Kleine Jan (Danza)
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29. Betsy (Waltz)
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30. Mi Pikete (Galop)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jan Gerard Palm, one of the Caribbean’s most prominent 19th century composers, lived from 1831 to 1905 on the island of Curaçao.
Palm is often referred to as the “Father of Curaçao’s classical music”. By a relatively young age, he already directed several musical ensembles. In 1859, he was appointed music director of the citizen’s guard orchestra on Curaçao.
Jan Gerard Palm played several musical instruments including piano, organ, lute, clarinet, flute and mandolin.
As an organist, Palm played for many years in the Jewish Emanu-El and Mikvé Israel synagogue, the Protestant Fort Church and the Igualdad Lodge on Curaçao.
Jan Gerard Palm was also a regular contributor to the widely read and influential periodical Notas y Letras (Notes and Letters).This periodical was published on Curaçao in the period 1886-1888, with numerous subscribers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. As a composer, Jan Gerard Palm can be characterised as original, bold and sometimes even brazen. The uniqueness of his creative talent was his ability to combine delicate sensitivity and forceful vitality. His waltzes and mazurkas show a rich use of harmonic variations. His polkas, marches and galop reveal his buoyant lifestyle. Palm was often progressive, in the sense of not being afraid of using chords that were (and still are) relatively unusual. The rhythms that he wrote for each of his danzas are typically complex, very Creole and sensual. In the predominantly prudish 19th century, Jan Gerard Palm was the only composer who dared to write erotic tumbas. Alongside dance music, Palm also wrote larger works for the orchestra and for piano and violin, marches and several pieces for services in the synagogue, the Protestant church and the Lodge.

Robert Rojer (Curaçao, 1939 -) is a great-great-grandson of Jan Gerard Palm. Robert Rojer started his musical training under the guidance of his maternal grandfather, the musician and composer Jacobo Palm (1887-1982). Robert was brought up in the ambience and traditions of 19th century Caribbean music. He went to the Netherlands to study medicine, and continued his musical training there. He specialised in Internal Medicine and was appointed a professor at the University of Groningen in
1999. Despite this success, Robert Rojer continued to find time to be an active pianist and composer. In 1988, his Curaçao Waltzes for two pianos were released in Belgium and in Curaçao (RGIP CD 87017) and these were followed, some years later, by another CD with a comprehensive collection of danzas by the Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905).

This new and unique CD, with a substantial subset of the dance music composed by Jan Gerard Palm, is the result of a project that was set out to collect and publish the music scores of Jan Gerard Palm.
The music sheets for the pieces that Robert Rojer plays on this CD have been published by Broekmans & Van Poppel and can be ordered at www.broekmans.com.

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