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.