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A colorful intermezzo for 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.
Based on the beautiful text (in Limburgian language) by lyricist Frans Pollux “75 Jaor Vreej”, I wrote a composition with the same title (of approx. 11 minutes) in several versions and combinations and perfomable in all possible local dialects of Limburg.
This wonderful assignment was given to me by a joint initiative of Limburgse Bond Van Muziekgezelschappen, VNK Limburg, Limburgse Bond van Tamboerkorpsen i.s.m. House for the Arts Limburg.
A very great way to contribute to the Limburg language and musical culture.
“Il Giubileo d’ Argento” (the silvern jubilee) was commissioned by “Fanfare St. Willibrordus Stramproy” on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their conductor René Schrader.
With this overture, in three consecutive parts, the musical well-being of Fanfare St. Willibrordus is illustrated.
The first part has the Spanish influences, referring to the trip to Valencia, which is a clear highlight in the history of the fanfare band. The second part is a kind of melancholic look back, with some funny elements in it, to accentuate conductor René Schrader. And the third part is with the fugatic structure a kind of looking back at the many rehearsals that have also led to the various highlights.
Publisher: Janssen Music
Full Recording: Recorded (during rehearsal) by Fanfare St. Willibrordus Stramproy, conducted by Bart Partouns
Recording byFanfare Eensgezindheid Maasbracht-Beek – conducted by Jean-Pierre Cnoops
Den onde Fyrste is based on the story “The Wicked Prince” by Hans Christian Andersen.
The music follows the general drift of the story. The Prince is represented by a melody which is characterized by the suggestion of a large range. The heroic character as well as the atrocities are portrayed by the virtuoso allegro.
The abrupt breaking off of the fugue-like foundation symbolizes the total shock resulting from the announcement that the prince wants to attack God.
The priests, who try to prevent the Prince from attacking God, are presented through a more plaintive melody. The priests confer with each other about their tactics in the form of a fugue.
However they do not get enough time for this as the Prince abruptly attacks with his wondrous ship. Then God appears and opens the Gates of Heaven for the angels by means of a beautifully sounding G Major chord. The Angel descends (saxophones) and lets the single drop of blood fall (glockenspiel). Then follows the dizzying decline of the ship (without the cliché of letting it fall to the accompaniment of loud crashing noises).
The Prince is deeply affected but is more militant than ever. War fanfares announce the start of the 2nd battle (offstage trumpets) accompanied by the pleas of the priests begging him not to go ahead with it. The battle is represented by a buildup of an “armada” which becomes increasingly faster.
A swarm of gnats emerges out of nowhere, one of which (soprano saxophone) manages to sting the Prince. The Prince screams loudly (trumpets and trombones), after which the main theme returns but now in a mocking tone.
The allegro now returns but this time in a minor key. The work ends with the death of the Prince – God calls him – in the form of a quickly rising swarm, shortly after which the piece ends.