Elegy

Elegy

“Elegy is a form of poetry natural to the reflective mind. It may treat of any subject, but it must treat of no subject for itself; but always and exclusively with reference to the poet. As he will feel regret for the past or desire for the future, so sorrow and love became the principal themes of the elegy. Elegy presents every thing as lost and gone or absent and future.” –  S. T. Coleridge (1835)

A reflective piece inspired by the present time…

Demo score: → Elegy

Publisher: → Bronsheim Music

Demo recording:

 

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)

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Full Recording: CD → Brass aux Saxes plays Christiaan Janssen

Den onde Fyrste

Den onde Fyrste

Recording by Fanfare 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.

Full recording: → Bronsheim Music
Demo score: → Den onde Fyrste 
Publisher: → Bronsheim Music

Also available for wind orchestra: → Il Racconto del Re Pazzo

Appassionato

Appassionato

Appassionato, an overture for Fanfare Band was composed in 2006 based on the musical term ”Apassionato”, which can mean passionate, fervent, obsessed, heated, fanatic, rousing, hot-blooded, intense, infatuated, diligent, profound, stormy, enraptured, ardent, fiery, warm-blooded, sultry, warm, high-spirited, excited, inflammable, tempestuous, furious, vivid, enthusiastic and inspired.

The main theme is based on a number of the above definitions: passionate and enthusiastic. The work commences without an introduction with the main theme being played by the horn section. The listener is, as it were, directly “passionately” carried along in the stream of the music.

The second theme is based on a postcard with the text “I am at rest, whilst dancing passionately”. The theme has the character of a dance and gradually becomes integrated with the main theme. By this means there is a fiery interaction between the two themes which leads into the third theme.

This third theme is based on the adage: “Cursed passion, come murder me with your rage, but do not kill me with your sneaking poison”. The theme creeps to the climax to result in a fiery coda, in which the main theme is “murdered” slowly.

 
Recording: (live) by Fanfare “Brass-aux-Saxes” Westerlo (B) – conducted by Jan van Hove.

Demo Score: ➞ Appassionato 

Full Recording: CD → Brass aux Saxes plays Christiaan Janssen

Publisher: → Bronsheim Music