Sing praise is an upbeat opener or concertpiece that is based on the Old Hundreth. It was a commission by Flevo Brass Emmeloord to praise the conductor/teacher Klaas de Jong. I know Klaas as a high-spirited teacher who always devotes his time to guiding young players and developing music ensembles by investing in youth bands and music education.
The title is a reference to the hymn tune the Old Hundreth and a message to ensembles to sing praise to teachers and youth.
Sing praise can be performed as a piece for brassband, a piece for 4 part flexibele youth band and a combination of both.
Two Tides is a collection of two short pieces for violin and cello. The pieces were written to be used in an art installation. Both pieces make use of open strings to accompany the simple melodies. The first piece is called ‘Ripple’ and the second piece is called ‘Flow’.
Phunk is a duet for two euphoniums and track. The goal was to write something crazy for a new album. I am recording and producing this album with a befriended euphonium player. The album itself is a journey in recording, editing, mixing and mastering. With the motto “finished is better than perfect” we are working to complete this album and learn as much as we can!
Other than the title, there is no real story that connects this piece to eyeballs or werewolves. There is no real legend that precedes this work. The legend will evolve in the listener’s mind while listening to this piece. For me, it started with the title. It was dreamed up by my son. He also suggested a musical gesture which I then used to build all the musical materials in this piece. I have sought to capture a dark atmosphere with a sense of excitement. Although, there are some not so dark moments in the piece which serve as a musical contrast.
I would like to invite every listener to imagine a world where there exists a legend of a bleeding eyeball and a blind werewolf. And if you do dream up a great story, please let me know and share it with each other!
In The Final Frontier, the composer explores different associations with the universe. Inspired by Stephen Hawking’s (1942-2018) book Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the piece describes the wonders and dangers of the universe, the big questions about the smallest elements, and the possibility of space travel.
The work consists of four movements. The first movement, ‘Energy and Space’, is the exposition of both main materials. With energy and space, a universe can be created. The second movement, ‘The Great Unknown’, is a fast section in which the materials are further explored and depicts the dangers of the universe, like supernovae and black holes. The third movement, ‘The Big Questions’, is a slow movement with different soloists and music of a reflective nature. Imagine how in the tiniest elements whole dimensions could be rolled up. Also, a Dutch pioneer in cosmology is hidden in the notes. The fourth movement, ‘The Final Frontier’, is a big buildup to a majestic finale, portraying the excitement of space travel.
The Final Frontier is the set test piece for the 3rd section of the Dutch national brass band championships 2020. Delivery starts May 1st.
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.