Royal Entrance

Royal Entrance

St. Michaël’s Hymne

Composed for Queens day 2011 in the Netherlands for the brass ensemble of Symphonic Wind Orchestra St. Michael of Thorn. In 2012 the piece was re-orchetrated for wind band for the 150th anniversary of  Symphonic Wind Orchestra St. Michael of Thorn.

The piece starts with a short introduction. Afterward the main theme is presented, which is based on the association song of Symphonic Wind Band St. Michael of Thorn. After this majestic theme a short variation on motifs followed by the great reprise of the main theme. The piece ends with a short but fantastic coda.

Demo score:  → Royal Entrance (ensemble version), → Royal Entrance (version for wind band)

Publisher: Janssen Music

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Passion in Harmony

Passion in Harmony

Passion was composed for “Harmonie St. Anthonius Lomm” commissioned by its Honorary President Hay van Dijk on the occasion of the 65th anniversary jubilee of this Wind Band.

It’s hard to explain, how passion for music and harmony arises, experienced and is transmitted to fellow musicians. This often goes on feeling/intuition. By this intuition arises interaction between musicians, which again creates new inspiration. At the beginning of the piece there is a feeling/musical intuition. Because of the melody there is an interaction, which develops into a new melody/new inspiration. 

Passion suggests the fun at a common hobby. Harmony can be explained in several way. In harmony (harmonious) , “harmonie” (the Dutch word for Wind Band), but also the harmony (in musical terms).

The first melody suggests creative thinking. The (musical) idea will be answered and is changing (the idea is elaborated). The second melody (Valse) suggests the continuity and the constant flow of new ideas. The Milonga in the last part is very suitable because it is the most emblematic existing tango. And the Tango is a dance of passion.

There are two different versions available.

  1. windband
  2. wind ensemble – (piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 clarinets (2 per part), bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet (opt.), 2 alto saxophones, 1 tenor saxophone, 1 baritone saxophone, string bass)

Demo Score: → Passion in Harmony (version for windband), demo of the ensemble version is available on request.

Publisher: Janssen Music

For ordering, please fill in the →contact form.


Old Man of Hoy

Old Man of Hoy

A musical description of “The Old Man of Hoy”, a 137 meter high sandstone pillar on a volcanic foot, situated on the Scottish Island of Hoy.

Hoy is the 2nd largest of the Orkney Islands. These islands, to the north-east of Scotland, are very windy. Many birds breed on the sheer cliffs surrounding “The Old Man of Hoy.

Recording: by Fanfare Orkest “De Hoop” Stellendam (NL) – conducted by Arie Stolk.

Full Recording: CD ➞ “Tarass Boulba”

Demo Score: ➞ Old Man of Hoy 

Publisher: → Bronsheim Music

Concerto for Band

Concerto for Band

The inspiration for this four part work came from past masters.

The first movement is inspired by the music of John Adams. It is light footed with playful elements alternated by  spirited rhythmic passages.

Bela Bartok was the source of inspiration for the second movement. A melody in folk style is supported by a rhythmic ostinato.

In the third movement I was inspired by Shostakovitch. A quiet and lullaby like motif develops from a simple rhythmic accompaniment of notes which are close together.

The final movement is effervescent and has Iberian influences as in the works of Darius Milhaud. It is  virtuoso and rousing.

Whilst not wishing to imitate the above mentioned composers I have tried to compose a solo work for Wind Band, in which each section is fully exploited.

Recording: by Musique Militaire Grand-Ducale, Luxembourg (L) – conducted by Major Andre Reichling.

Full Recording: CD ➞ “Respighiana”.

Demo Score: ➞ Concerto for Band 

Publisher: → Bronsheim Music