Night Watch Rhapsody

Night Watch Rhapsody

InstrumentationEb Clarinet & Wind Band
Eb Clarinet & Orchestra
Grade5
Duration11 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
Demo Score (score)→ Download
Eb solo part→ Download

Rembrandt’s Night Watch has already moved many people.

Whether it is the beautiful “clair-obscure” or simply the “moving” scene of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq and his men, the fact remains that the painting continues to attract you.

In this Night Watch Rhapsody I tried to translate the scene, as well as the many hues, as if the painting were being painted on the spot.

An important role is therefore reserved for the soloist on E-flat clarinet, who takes on the role of Rembrandt and, together with the orchestra – in which the orchestra does not merely take on the accompaniment – tries to bring the Night Watch to life.

This work was composed and dedicated to the E-flat clarinet soloist of the wind orchestra of the Royal Belgian Guides (Belgium), David van Maele


Version for Wind Band:


Version for Orchestra:


75 Jaor Vreej

75 Jaor Vreej

InstrumentationWindband & Choir
Fanfare Band & Choir
Brass Band & Choir
Orchestra & Choir
Piano & Choir
Grade3
Duration11 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
Demo Score→ Download

75 Years of Liberation.

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.



“75 Jaor Vreej” – Windband version (Full Midi Demo)


Up-Hill

Up-Hill

A song for soprano and orchestra freely after the poem by Christina Rosetti:

Does the road wind up-hill all the way?
Yes, to the very end.
Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?
You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
Yea, beds for all who come.

Publisher: Janssen Music

Demo score: → Up-Hill – Soprano


Capriccio

Capriccio

InstrumentationWind Orchestra
Orchestra
Grade6
Duration14 minutes
PublisherJanssen Music
Demo ScoreOn demand

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A capriccio is a piece of music usually fairly free in form and of a lively character. The typical capriccio is one that is fast, intense, and often virtuosic in nature.

In paintings, a capriccio means especially an architectural fantasy, placing together buildings, archaeological remains and other architectural elements in fictional and often fantastical combinations, perhaps with staffage of figures. It fits under the more general term of landscape painting. It may also be used of other types of work with an element of fantasy.

For this Capriccio I was freely inspired by “Capriccio of Rome” as painted by the Italian painter Giovanni Paolo Pannini (1691-1765) in 1758.

The world first performance took place (November 2015) also in Luxembourg by the European Youth Wind Orchestra conducted by Jan Cober.


Live recording during “Contest 2019 – BBM – Veldhoven (NL)” by Harmonie L’Union Heythuysen (NL), conducted by Erik Somers.

Version for Wind Orchestra:


Version for Symphony Orchestra:


Monologue

Monologue

Only one melody, inspired by J.S. Bach, developing from a soloist until the whole orchestra with a great strenght and emotional feeling. 

Demo score: → Monologue for Fanfare→ Monologue for Windband→ Monologue for Orchestra

Publisher: → Bronsheim Music (fanfare and windband version), Janssen Music (orchestral version)

For ordering, please fill in the →contact form.

Full Recording: CD → Brass aux Saxes plays Christiaan Janssen

Passing the open windows

Passing the open windows

Is based on a quotation from John Irving:

“Our dreams escape us however vividly we imagine them. There’s only one thing you can do, keep passing the open windows.” ‐ John Irving

John Irving (1943) an American novelist, famous for his well turned phrases and apt pronouncements e.g. “Your memory is a monster, you forget – it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you – and summons them to your recall with a will of its own. You think you have a memory;  but it has you!”

In “Passing the Open Windows” I have attempted to catch the atmosphere of this quotation. Having dreams (which escape us) and trying to visualize a dream. Also I have portrayed “passing” by a sort of processional march, which passes by. The use of this can be interpreted  figuratively in the sense of “Don’t choose the most obvious route to your dream.” It ends simply but effectively with the portrayal of the vanishing dream.

Demo Score: ➞ Passing the open windows (orchestral version), → Passing the open windows (fanfare version)

Publisher: Janssen Music (orchestral version), → Bronsheim Music (fanfare band version)

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Recording: (live) by Universiteitsorkest Maastricht (NL) – conducted by Raymond Spons.