The Muses

The Muses

InstrumentationDouble Quintet
(+ Contrabass)
Grade6
Duration12 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
Demo Score→ Download

This composition was commissioned by wind ensemble “Helicon” on the occasion of their 40th anniversary.

From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing,

Who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon,

And dance on soft feet about the deep-blue spring

And the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, and,

When they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus

Or in the Horse’s Spring or Olmeius,

Make their fair, lovely dances upon highest Helicon And move with vigorous feet.

From “Theogony” by Hesiod (± 715 BC)

In ancient Greek religion and mythology, the Muses are the inspirational goddesses of literature, science and the arts. Under the care of the god Apollo, they were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, lyric songs and myths that were related orally for centuries in ancient Greek culture.


Full Midi Demo

The nine Muses

CalliopeThe beautiful voiceMuse of the heroic epic,
philosophy and rhetoric.
EratoThe lovableMuse of the hymn, the song and the lyricism.
EuterpeThe joyfulMuse of flute playing.
PolyhymniaThe rich in chantsMuse of rhetoric and sacred songs.
KleioThe proclaimingMuse of historiography.
MelpomeneThe singingMuse of song and tragedy.
UraniaThe heavenlyMuse of Astronomy.
TerpsichoreShe who loves to danceMuse of dance and lyrical poetry.
ThaleiaThe festive & floweringMuse of comedy.

REVIVED

REVIVED

InstrumentationWind Band
Ensemble(s)
Grade3 – 5
Duration4 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
Demo Score→ Download

“Revived” was commissioned by “Royal Military Wind Band Johan Willem Friso” (NL) in cooperation with “WMC Kerkrade” on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of “Muziekcentrale Adams” in Thorn (NL). 

The aim was to give the various orchestras around the world affected by the Covid19 pandemic new hope, élan and perspective in the form of a composition that could also be performed by smaller subensembles. In this way, despite the Covid19 restrictions, the orchestras can make music together again. 

“Revived” can be performed separately by;

  • Clarinet choir
  • Flutes, oboe(s), bassoon(s), saxes & contrabass
  • Brass & percussion
  • Wind band (All ensemble versions combined)

Also, the overture is delivered simultaneously in two different levels of difficulty:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4/5

A short but vibrant overture that hopefully will give pleasure to many sub-ensembles and orchestras all over the world.



8 Miniature Variations

8 Miniature Variations

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Reed Quintet

4

9 minutes

Janssen Music

8 contrasting variations on a small motif.

Composed for the “World Wide Reed Quintet Network”.

This Reed Quintet is written for the following instruments

  • Oboe (& English Horn)
  • Clarinet (Bb & A)
  • Saxophone (Alto & Soprano)
  • Bassoon
  • Bass Clarinet (& Contrabass Clarinet)


Four Times of the Day

Four Times of the Day

… is freely inspired by the four paintings with the same title by Claude-Joseph Vernet. He was was considered the leading French artist of his time in his genre, marine art and landscape painting.

The four times of the day are all signed and dated 1750 and they belong to the Musee de la Marine Palais de Chaillot, Paris.

The first depiction is entitled Morning. The painting shows a misty morning scene with fishermen with his boat. The second painting, entitled Midday depicts a sudden, unexpected storm. The painting Evening shows women bathing and washing their clothes. The final scene shows a rocky inlet, with fishermen drying their nets while others are gathered round a fire.

The scenes depicted in these four paintings were Vernet’s favourite scenes that he painted in different settings throughout his career. The music simply follows the scenes in a illustrative way with a special attention for the beautiful details of this paintings.

For Double Wind Quintet.

Publisher: Janssen Music

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Suite No. 6

Suite No. 6

A 3-part suite for oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon.

  1. Allegro non troppo, poco scherzando
  2. Andante cantabilé
  3. Vivo

This piece received a “Special Mention” during the “Calefax Composers Competition 2017”.

Publisher: Janssen Music

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Quadriptych

Quadriptych


Quadriptych is as the title suggests a four-part piece and freely inspired by painting-art in common. Quadriptych are paintings with four different elements, atmosphere, color and emotion, but together they tell us just one story or theme.

In Quadriptych I tried to shape four different points of view, with just one single leitmotif (freely inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach). The motif doesn’t change (at least not very much) but the whole atmosphere, color, emotion and (musical) lines do. Just like the familiar painting art.

  1. Prelude – hectic and emotional
  2. Menuet – frivolous
  3. Fugue – fugitive
  4. Final – nostalgic

Quadriptych is commissioned by “Stichting Orgelkring Franciscus Huis Weert (NL)” and is composed for windensemble and organ.

Demo score: → Quadriptych

Publisher: Janssen Music



Cortège

Cortège

A small piece written for the famous Dutch wind ensemble Calefax and their annual Calefax Composers Competition. Cortège received a special mention by the Atlantic Reed Consort in 2015.

For Oboe, Saxophone Soprano, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Bassoon.

Publisher: Janssen Music

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Jaioterria

Jaioterria


Recorded (Live) by Wind Ensemble Zuiderwind during world first performance

Jaioterria (freely translated as “homeland”) was composed for Wind Ensemble Zuiderwind. It is a very cheerful piece with a touch of melancholy.

Jaioterria is for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and acoustic guitar.

Demo score: → Jaioterria

Publisher: Janssen Music