InstrumentationWind Band
Duration15 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
Demo ScoreNot available yet
Score and parts are not available before summer 2022!

Skines (Full Midi)

Skines was commissioned by “Fanfare St. Caecilia Schinnen” (NL).

Skines is an old name for the village and the landscape around the Limburg village of Schinnen. It means to shine or glare.

In three merging parts, the musical story is told of a kestrel that, while praying (looking for prey), absorbs, undergoes, adapts and (triumphantly) survives all the appearances or brilliance (in both positive and negative sense) within the landscape.

The apparitions are a metaphor for elements, influences and/or sounds (without a concrete name) within the regions, which can be seen from the air and which have a major influence on the flora and fauna, as well as the people in the Limburg landscape.

The second part describes the kestrel (sung the soprano voice) the feeling these apparitions evoke in him. The text is a free translation (in German) of a short poem from “The Chinese Flute” by the Chinese writer Li-Tai-Po (701-762);

In dem Fremde

In fremdem Lande lag ich.
Weißen Glanz malte der Mond
vor meine Lagerstätte.

Ich hob das Haupt, Ich meinte erst,
es sei der Reif der Frühe,
was ich schimmern sah,
dann aber wußte ich:
der Mond, der Mond,
und neigte das Gesicht zur Erde hin.
Und meine Heimat winkte mir von fern.

Score and parts are not available before summer 2022!

11 December 2021 – Jubilee Concert Helicon

11 December 2021 – Jubilee Concert Helicon

PLT Theater Kerkrade (NL) – 20:00 hrs

Wind ensemble Helicon will be 40 years old in 2021!

And the ten enthusiastic musicians (with a shared passion for chamber music) celebrate this in a special anniversary concert in Theater Kerkrade; where the cradle of the ensemble lies. All this under the inspiring leadership of Harry Ries.

The Muses

The musical program that Helicon will be performing on the occasion of its 40th anniversary is varied and challenging. For example, Christiaan Jansen wrote the new work The Muses especially for this concert; a piece about the 9 muses who, according to legend, lived in the Helicon Mountains. See here the reference to the origin of the name of Wind Ensemble Helicon!

More info about → The Muses

Rhapsody in Blue

A second highlight in the anniversary program is the magnificent arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for wind ensemble and piano. The piano part will be performed by Wouter Bergenhuizen.

More info & Tickets: → PLT Theaters