Nocturne

Nocturne

Instrumentation8 Flugelhorns
Grade4 / 5
Duration6 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
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Nocturne is an atmospheric dialogue between the 8 flugelhorn soloists.

After a quiet start, some commotion arises, but soon calm returns.

This composition was commissioned by “Orkest Koninklijke Marechaussee” (NL)

For E-flat Flugelhorn, 6 Flugelhorns & Bass Flugelhorn (or Bb Baritone as alternative)


The complete Digital Set is available from 20th of March 2024


Impresiones de Estepona

Impresiones de Estepona

InstrumentationWind Band
Grade3
Duration15 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
Demo Scorenot available yet

Awarded composition of the 3rd International Composition Competition for Symphonic Band “Estepona, Jardín de la Costa del Sol”

“Impressions de Estepona” is a continuous suite for symphonic band based on the cultural and musical heritage of Estepona.

In the first part, after a short majestic opening, the center of the city is musically expressed in the form of a colorful rondo with some free references to the Andalusian Cadenza. My inspiration was the colorful streets of Estepona, linked to the rich history of the city, where the Moorish influences can be seen, felt and heard.

The second part tells us about the beautiful monuments in the old city, starting from the church of “los Remedios”, walking along the various interesting sights, ending with the great panorama at “Punta Doncella”.

The last part of this suite is all about “Ferias y Fiestas”. Also here I used the traditional ceremonies as inspiration combined with some free references to flamenco, taking us from “San Isidro Labrador” to the “Ferias y Fiestas mayores” along all the cheerful, exciting and ecstatic celebrations. The work ends euphorically with the opening motif.

The work has numerous educational elements for wind orchestras, such as counterpoint, rhythmic variation and timbre variations. The work is therefore more than just a beautiful story about a beautiful city in Spain and hopefully inspire many musicians and orchestra to get the best out of themselves.


Score and parts are available from May 2024!


Le Penseur – (the Thinker)

Le Penseur – (the Thinker)

InstrumentationWind Band
Grade6
Duration13 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
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Le Penseur (Full Midi)

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When The Thinker was conceived in its original size (approx. 70 cm) in 1880 as the crowning achievement of The Gates of Hell, seated on the tympanum, it was given the title The Poet. He represented Dante, author of the Divine Comedy who had inspired The Gates, bent over to observe the circles of hell, meditating on his work. The Thinker was therefore initially both a being with a tortured body, almost a damned soul, and a free-thinking man, determined to transcend his suffering through poetry. The pose of this figure owes much to Carpeaux’s Ugolino (1861) and to the seated portrait of Lorenzo de’ Medici carved by Michelangelo (1526-31).

Remaining in place on the monumental Gates of Hell, The Thinker was exhibited individually in 1888, becoming an independent work. The colossal version, enlarged in 1904, proved even more popular: this sculpture of a man lost in thought, but whose powerful body suggests a great capacity for action, has become one of the most celebrated sculptures ever. There are numerous casts worldwide, including the one now in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, a gift to the City of Paris installed outside the Panthéon in 1906, and another in the gardens of Rodin’s house in Meudon, on the sculptor’s tomb and his wife.

A challenging composition for wind orchestra based on several “leidmotifs”, written from the perspective of the thinker, who ponders the different emotions and characters of the leitmotifs before coming to a conclusion, but with an open ending, because after all, the thoughts go on again…



Little Folksong Rhapsody

Little Folksong Rhapsody

InstrumentationWind quintet
Saz & Duduk
Grade4
Duration10 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
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…is based on 6 authentic Turkish and Armenian folk melodies as written / recorded by Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935). They are mostly songs taken from life and with a slightly melancholic character. The songs are about the different seasons, settling disputes, encouragement to dance and everyday activities such as visiting a market.

A special role is reserved for the Saz and the Duduk, two typical folk music instruments from Turkey and Armenia. The combination with Western wind instruments gives the work a special color and atmosphere, with the last movement having a rousing character.

Little Folksong Rhapsody was commissioned by wind ensemble Zuiderwind.



De Aaj Vaan (The Old Banner)

De Aaj Vaan (The Old Banner)

InstrumentationWind Band
Grade4
Duration4 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
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… is a concert march for fanfare band was commissioned by Fanfare Sint Cecilia Herten (NL) on the occasion of their 125th anniversary.

This concert march exudes solemnity with her lyrical and colorful passages, including a festive ending. I was inspired by the original banner of the jubilee fanfare band.

A concert march that connects old traditions with new musical initiatives.


Score and complete set of parts are not available before May 2023!


SKINES

SKINES

InstrumentationFanfare Band
Grade5-6
Duration15 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
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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.


Live recording during WMC 2022 – Fanfare St. Caecilia Schinnen (NL) – Theo Wolters, conductor – Claudia Couwenbergh, soprano


Choral Intermezzo

Choral Intermezzo

InstrumentationWind Band
Fanfare Band
Grade4
Duration5 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
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Demo Score (Fanfare Band)→ Download

A colorful intermezzo for wind or fanfare band commissioned by the Band of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.

After a short opening the horn solo plays the main theme. After the first theme follows a solemn choral which develops into a fusion between the main theme and the choral, with a smooth and connecting 3rd theme.

Useful as an intermezzo during a concert.

Wind band version