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< 5:00 Orchestra

Runes

Inspired by the Viking exhibition in the Frisian Museum, I wanted to write a piece for small orchestra. This piece is based on a numerical sequence that dictates the structure and melodic material.

The piece creates an atmosphere of mystery and fogginess.

Instrumentation: 1,1,1,1-2,2,2,0,2perc,hrp,str

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> 15:00 Ensemble

Movie Time

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!
  • Act III – Scene I: big chase, TP: victory
  • Act III – Scene II: back to real life
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> 15:00 Brass Band Concert Band Duration Ensemble Fanfare Band

Sound of the Middle Sea

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.

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05:00-10:00 Ensemble Grade 6

Sonate for Tenor Quartet

SONATE was written for the euphoniums and baritones of Brass Band Pro Rege Heerenveen. It utilizes the capabilities of the instruments in a not so familiar idiom.

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05:00-10:00 Choir

Wider than the Sky

Wider than the Sky is short choir piece for SATB choir and piano. It is based on a poem by Emily Dickinson.

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Text

The brain is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.
The brain is deeper than the sea,
For, hold them, blue to blue,
The one the other will absorb,
As sponges, buckets do.
The brain is just the weight of God,
For, lift them, pound for pound,
And they will differ, if they do,
As syllable from sound.
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< 5:00 Brass Band Grade 5

Sleep Well 😈

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.

Text

Es kam ein Herr zum Schlößli
Uff emma schöne Rößli;
Da lugt die Frau zum Fenster raus
Und sagt: Der Mann ist nichtt zu Haus.
S’isch niemer d’heim als d’Chinder
und’s Meitli uf der Winde.
Der Herr uf sinem Rößli
seit zue der Frau im Schlößli
Sind’s gueti Chind, sind’s bösi Chind,
ach liebi Frau, sagt mir’s geschwind!
Die Frau, die seit: ’s sind bösi Chind,
sie folge der Muetter gar nid g’schwind!
Da seit der Herr: So reit ich heim!
dergleichen Kinder brauch ich kein‘.
und reit uf synem Rößli
weit, weit eweg vom Schlößli.
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< 5:00 Brass Band Grade 4

Where Words Fail

A well-known statement by Hans Christiaan Andersen is: “Where words fail, music speaks.” In Where Words Fail, the composer also lets the music speak about things he could not find the words for.

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05:00-10:00 Brass Band Grade 5

Those Gazing Eyes

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.

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< 5:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 2.5

The Water is Wide

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.”

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< 5:00 Brass Band Fanfare Band Grade 3

The Month of Maying

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.

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Now is the month of maying,
When merry lads are playing,
Fa la la la la la la la la,
Fa la la la la la lah.
Each with his bonny lass
Upon the greeny grass.
Fa la la, etc...
The Spring, clad all in gladness,
Doth laugh at Winter’s sadness,
Fa la la, etc...
And to the bagpipe’s sound
The nymphs tread out their ground.
Fa la la, etc...
Fie then! why sit we musing,
Youth’s sweet delight refusing?
Fa la la, etc...
Say, dainty nymphs, and speak,
Shall we play barley-break?
Fa la la etc...