InstrumentationWind Band
Duration15 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
Demo Score→ Download

(Re)Connected – Full Midi

… is a musical adventure for concert band, commissioned by the “Royal Military Band Johan Willem Friso” (NL) and their chief-conductor Tijmen Botma.

Due to the Covid pandemic, there have been hardly live performances by orchestras around the world for (sometimes more than) a year. With this work an attempt is made to make renewed contact with the numerous concert audience. 

(Re)Connected is therefore a work in which famous melodies of grandmasters from the past are connected in a special way and in which a (renewed) interaction between musicians and the audience takes place.

The work opens with Toccata by Claudio Monteverdi from “Orfeo”. Subsequently, the 1st cello sonata by Johann Sebastian Bach takes a prominent place, with a quartet of musicians interacting with the material.

On the basis of the exhibited themes, a fugal structure develops in which new material is used from the Overture “Entführung aus dem Serail” and the final movement from “Die Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

After this virtuoso intermezzo peace returns with the famous theme of the adagio from the 9th symphony (“from the new world”) by Anton Dvorak. From this develops a dramatic part based on main theme of Dvorak 9th.

After a brief recollection of Bach and the “(Re)Connected” motif, which is clearly discernible throughout the work, the finale begins based on the impressive theme “Ode to joy” from Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th symphony.

An interactive musical adventure in which musicians and audience are (re)connected with the so beloved grandmasters from music history.

Oratorio de Noël – Camille Saint-Saëns

Oratorio de Noël – Camille Saint-Saëns

The ‘Oratorio de Noël’, opus 112 was composed in 1858 and is one of the four oratorios he wrote. It is originally scored for five soloists (soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor and baritone), mixed choir, strings, harp and organ.

In this version the string-parts are transcribed to a wind-quintet.

Demo score:

Quintet No. 1 – Victor Ewald

Quintet No. 1 – Victor Ewald

Victor Ewald was born in St. Petersburg and died in Leningrad. Ewald was a professor of Civil Engineering in St. Petersburg, and was also the cellist with the Beliaeff Quartet for sixteen years. This was the most influential ensemble in St. Petersburg in the late 19th century, introducing much of the standard quartet literature to Russia. He also collected and published Russian folk songs. Ewald’s professional life, like that of many of his musical contemporaries, was in an entirely different field; that of a civil engineer, in which he excelled, being appointed in 1900 as professor and manager of the Faculty of Construction Materials at the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Brass players however are indebted to him for something very different – a series of quintets which have become a staple of the repertoire and which represent almost the only, and certainly the most extended examples of original literature in the Romantic style.

The Quintet No. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 5 (1902, rev. 1912) contains 3 movements:

1 – Moderato
2 – Adagio – Allegro – Adagio
3 – Allegro Moderato

This arrangement is for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Symphonic Orchestra. Now also available for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Windband.

Demo Score: → Quintet No 1 – Ewald (orchestral version)

Publisher (for this arrangement): Janssen Music

Recording: Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, Jan Cober – conductor
Puck Brouwers, Flute – Samuel Agustín, Oboe – Sophie Schreurs, Clarinet – Liesbeth Rompelberg, Bassoon and Camiel Lemmens, Horn

Live – Voerendaal (NL):