Movie Time is a piece where a youth ensemble can imagine their own story/movie/play on the music.
There are three acts with two scenes. In every scene, there are two moments where the story can be told (except for the last scene). The first moment tells the main story of that scene the second moment is a turning point that is the trigger for the next scene.
These moments are loops take can take as much time as you need. The structure is as follows:
Act I – Scene I: introductions, TP: a problem
Act I – Scene II: looking for answers, TP: the solution
Act II – Scene I: everything is going smoothly, TP: point of no return
Act II – Scene II: obstacles and complications, TP: disaster!
Sound of the Middle Sea was written for the evening concert of “Lûd fan de Middelsee”. The work is divided into ten sections (Origin, Episode 1, Terra, Episode 2, Aqua, Episode 3, Aer, Episode 4, Ignis and Quintessence). Origin depicts the origins of the Middle Sea and introduces the elements. Terra (Earth) is a pesante dance movement, depicting hard labour and the growth of the land. Aqua (Water) depicts the trade spirit of the people living near the Middle See. Aer (Air) is a slow movement about contemplation and rationality. Ignis (Fire) depicts devastation. Quintessence is the final where the fifth element is made up of all the other elements. The Episodes link the elements together and are improvised, during the episodes a speaker will tell the story of the Sound of the Middle Sea.
Parts of this ‘suite’ can be performed, please contact me if you have any questions about this piece and/or performing it.
The song “Es kam ein Herr am Schlössli“ is a lullaby from Switzerland. It can be found in the Sammlung von Schweizer Kühreihen und Volksliedern under the title “Wiegenlied“. The story is about a gentleman riding up to a castle and asking the Lady if her children are nice or naughty. The lady replies that they are naughty. Then the gentleman rides off and replies that for nice children he would have had gifts. Questions arise like: who is this man? Why would he have presents for nice children? Why would you sing this to children who are going to sleep? Therefore the title: Sleep Well, with a dark sarcastic undertone.
This work has been commissioned by the Swiss Army Brass Band and is not yet available for sale.
Those gazing eyes is a programmatic work: We see a child gazing into the distance, slowly we enter his fantasy. An oriental dance with virtuoso solos is juxtaposed with a daydreaming theme. From this fantasy we are transported to a musing parent. Who, at first, is worried about the future of his son. Episodes of sighing and sadness lead to a solemn statement of hope. Again we see the gazing child, this time slowly entering a daydream where the main theme is fully exposed. However, as an onlooker, we will never know the full extent of these dreams. So for us, it is back to reality.
Those Gazing Eyes was in the final of the 2016 Cory Composition Prize.
The Water is Wide is a Scottish folksong also called O Waly Waly. It depicts the challenges of love. “Love is handsome, love is kind” during the novel honeymoon phase of any relationship. However, as time progresses, “love grows old, and waxes cold.” Even true love, the lyrics say, can “fade away like morning dew.”
Now is the month of maying is one of the most famous of the English ballets, by Thomas Morley published in 1595. The song delights in bawdy double-entendre. It is apparently about spring dancing, but this is a sexual metaphor. For example, a “barley-break” would have suggested outdoor sexual activity (rather like we might say a “roll in the hay”). The use of such imagery was very customary during the Renaissance.