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.
Wider than the Sky is short choir piece for SATB choir and piano. It is based on a poem by Emily Dickinson.
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.
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.
Spinning Gears is a solo piece for euphonium and brass band. The piece describes a lonely cyclist emerging from the fog and surrendering to a steep climb. The fight the cyclist has to have with himself starts and leads to a final explosion of power to get to the top. There his thoughts wander and he start reminiscing about the past while looking at the vast view. The trip continues with a descent leading to high speeds and acrobatics. The last sprint to an imaginary finish brings the cyclist victory: winning the battle against himself.
Saint Lambert was commissioned by Chr. Muziekvereniging Jeduthun Oldemarkt for their 110th anniversary (1905-2015). The piece is based on the legend of Saint Lambert. In the seventh century he was appointed bishop of Maastricht. The work starts with the main theme followed by the Saint-theme. In the first section, the unstable political situation is portrayed, eventually leading to the banishment of Lambert. In the second section we find Lambert at the monastery of Stavelot defying wind and snow while his prayers, this act leads to his eventual canonization as a saint. In the third section ascension day has arrived in Oldemarkt where the Lambertus market takes place and we hear the Bachchoral “Als Vierzig Tag nach Ostern“.
River Town Sketches gives an impression of the village Rijsoord, located north of the ‘little Waal’. After the slow introduction ‘Dawn‘, the pace gets faster in the second section ‘War‘. Rijsoord has its place in history since the Dutch capitulation in World War II was signed here, after the bombing of Rotterdam. The third section ‘Pastorale‘ portrays the qualities of Rijsoord that made it into an Artists Colony. Finally, the current Rijsoord is shown in ‘River Town‘, a fast section with large musical contrasts.
One Night, One Tale is a solo for horn and band. Scheherazade is the storyteller in the stories from One Thousand and One Nights. To escape death by the sultan, who beheads all his brides, so they won’t be unfaithful, she tells a story every night and stops in the middle. Every night the sultan is curious and spares her. This way Scheherazade stays alive until the sultan is cured of his madness. They lived happily ever after.
“Atmosperic and challenging, it is an asset in the repertoire for horn and fanfare band!”Fokke van Heel (Principal Horn NedPho)
La Follia is an arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Sonata No. 12 in D minor “Folia”, RV 63 from the twelve sonatas for two violins and basso continuo, opus 1 (1705). The folia is one of the oldest harmonic progressions in western music, it contains sixteen measures with the following harmonic scheme:
Dm | A7 | Dm | C | F | C | Dm | A7 |
Dm | A7 | Dm | C | F | C | Dm A7 | Dm|
A folia starts out with a slow sarabande-like theme and is followed by several variations of increasing difficulty.
From the Sea is a work in three sections based on land reclamation. The first section (The New Land) expresses feelings of expectation and excitement that come with the new land. The second section (The Old Sea) is a nostalgic retrospect to the (old) sea. A sea that was sometimes turbulent, but also a source of life. In the third section (The Future Land) captures the joy of life on the new land to the present day.
The work was written for the combined music ensembles of the Noordoostpolder.
Fanfare de Angelis is a concert opener for brass band. The fanfare theme, as well as the choral theme, are based on the first four notes of the Kyrië from the Missa de Angelis (F-A-Bb-C). The mass itself is intended for feasts and commonly used in the Christmas mass. Therefore, next to being a great opener for your concerts, it can also be used during Christmas.
The piece starts with a fanfare opening that develops to a big climax after which the theme is exposed. The theme is presented by the flugelhorn, tenor horn and euphonium and taken up by the back row cornet section, giving them a chance to shine. The piece ends with a recapitulation of the fanfare juxtaposed with the choral theme.