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Dutch Indoor Subjects

25 mins, piano

Dutch Interior Subjects is an ongoing series of piano pieces in which I am considering how one listens to music. The name comes from an exhibition guide by Tancred Borenius, movement titles taken from individual paintings contained within. These are all domestic scenes painted in the 15- and 1600s; people cooking, at home getting ready for social events, drinking with friends.

The set includes 6 pieces so far:

  • Boy Bringing Pomegranates
  • A Lady at her Toilet
  • Family Group
  • Interior, Woman Cooking
  • Portrait of a Gentleman
  • Sick Child

Recordings will be up online soon.

The set also incorporates separate pieces Belmont Chill, and piano versions of movements from Dances of Travel (listen to a recording here).

Piece finished
Past performances

  1. Recorded at BBC Open Ear at LSO St Luke's earlier in the year, Joseph Havlat performing.


  2. Excerpts broadcast, Joseph Havlat playing, as part of a behind the scenes programme about the LSO Open Ear concert.


  3. Joseph Havlat plays a few pieces from the ongoing piano series Dutch Indoor Subjects, arranged for Piano, Celeste and Toy Piano, at BBC Radio 3 Open Ear. Recorded to be Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC World Service.


  4. Joseph Havlat plays a selection of pieces from Dutch Indoor Subjects, in a concert with Abrahamsen Marchenbilder and Ligeti Piano Concerto conducted by Will cole, part of RAM's piano festival.


  5. A Lady at her Toilet is played by George Fu, on Listenpony's tour to Centrala Birmingham, the Anthony Burgess Foundation Manchester, and the Playground Theatre London.