All compositions are contemporary music    (for explanation see beneath)   

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Laugh with Bach -> 10 pieces for Piano, 
1. Laugh with Bach for the advanced amateur pianist.

explanation: These compositions are meant as an introduction to contemporary music and will help to create a feeling for the style.

Laugh with Bach (sheet music for piano solo)
Bach motif = b-a-c-h in Germany these letters represented the notes  Bb-a-c-b.
Bach marked a lot of his compositions with this ‘autograph’.
The H and A that are part of the motif are used for the ‘laugh with Bach’ HA, HA, HA.
Of course you can transpose (= make higher or lower) the motif as shown in the first two bars.
The motif (or the combination of notes) of the first two bars is used 30 times and even though it’s an old motif, it still sounds like a contemporary piece of music.

Here we use the low notes.
Sounds a bit exciting, because of the crescendo and accelerando.

And here we use the high notes. They represent little bells. You can reach the keys without really moving your right hand.

This composition is in two keys and is rhythmically challenging. You don’t have to move your hands.

Schat-je (Sweatheart)
The word ‘Schatje’ means ‘Sweatheart’. It’s made by freely using  ‘the Toonklok’ (Sound Clock) of Peter Schat.
The ‘Toonklok’ is a system for composing, made by the Dutch composer Peter Schat (1935-2003).
It‘s a bit difficult to play with all the chromaticism, but as you can it’s a lot of fun.
Secret: d-Bb sounds a bit like ‘Sweat-heart’ or ‘Schat-je’.

Like before you can leave the left hand in the same position, but every time there are different notes to play. The 4 starting notes change position every time. There are 24 different combinations.
This composition sounds a bit like Minimal Music.

A composition that is difficult to play, if played perfectly. Its main purpose is to get accustomed to contemporary music.

Many chords. A contemporary choral.

Little stains
The notes on the staff looks like little splatters. This technique is called spatial notation.
The notes are not notated in time, but are indicated with time duration, which is meant to show
that it’s rhythmically uneven.

In dynamics, tonal versus atonal, fast versus slow.
Also not easy,  something for the sticklers!


If you want to have a discription or explanation of the following compositions, 
contact me and I will send it to you.


2. Piano Painting ->   for Piano,  

This composition is based on synesthesia and is inspired bij the colors of Corse.

That means hearing a specific tonality and associating this with a certain color.

For example someone hears the key of C major and sees it like the color white.
Jo Ivens (09-10-1927), a dutch musician, saw his whole life a color when he heard
a specific musical key and his colors are used in this composition.
The composition is a kind of painting of the island of Corse.
For the pianist try to feel the colors of Corse and play the arpeggios like a guitar.

Piano Painting
The colors of Corse.
Starting out with white,
it’s like snow on the mountains.
Astonished by so much beauty,
and the sound of bells
from the many churches.
The sound of bells is like a red wire
going through the composition.
Like the arpeggios
with all the change of colours.
The white with a touch of ochre
and a little rose.
Ochre coloured rocks
covered with the green maquis.
The wind always present.
Red of the sun and heat,
southern temperament.
From purple of the foggy night
to blues of the surrounding sea
The wind always present
and all with a hint of the
Corsican anthem

3. Message of Jan Rokus -> Sheet music for Saxophone quartet and temple blocks.

This composition is inspired by the percussion compositions of Jan Rokus van Roosendael.

4. Moon -> Sheet music for Duo Clarinet in Bb and Cello ( duet for clarinet-cello )

Envisions the four phases of the moon.

5. Awaking -> Sheet music for Duo Clarinet in Bb and Cello ( duet for clarinet-cello )

With a smile to Messiaen, awaking of the wood.

6. Lost in a winterworld -> Sheet music for Harp solo

The title says enough. With various effects.

7. Mizu no oto ->  Sheet music for  Violin and Harp.

The story plays in a japanese garden and is based on an old Haiku.

8. Waves -> Sheet music for Alto Saxophone

Beach and waves.

9. Characters -> 5 pieces  Sheet music for Woodquintet  

Every piece has a different mood.

10. In a Hurry ->  Sheet music for Clarinet in Bb, Trumpet in Bb  and  Tenor Trombone.

We run from one thing to the other and barely have time to stand still somewhere, everything is superficial. We are in a hurry.

The world is inundated with sounds, people who call, or work, snatches of music, traffic.
Even in the evening there is no peace.
There is a party, everyone talks and talks, (each at its own tempo)
nobody can understand each other.
The party ends in a kind of of murmur, the atmosphere is flat
Then  there has to be a moment of true silence because it must. ( Somebody has died.)
You sometimes share the grief together, but soon the unrest  comes back.
You can hear the sadness but we are already running again,
because everything goes through.
We are again pulled along by the current, "Hurry" people seem to call.
The 'train' leaves again.
Eternally running, faster and faster, everything passes.
We are so busy, we are in so much of a hurry, until we can not breath.

High tones or low tones change the situation
Whenever there is a whistle (last part) then it should be faster and faster
until their is no breath left
This also will apply to the players.

11. Musical Adventure -> Sheet music for Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F and Bassoon.

Part 1

In the Woods

The clarinet and bassoon are playing about how
children are hopping, singing, running, playing and teasing

Part 2
The Teaser and the Waltz
There will be a third instrument: the horn
The horn plays badly and is always teasing
the others so that they can’t play.
The clarinet and bassoon get a bit angry.
They listen carefully to what the horn can play.
They arrange  to do something they can play together,
and in the end all three play a waltz.

Part 3
Evening and Night
The children (instruments) are all friends now.
Everyone is tired of playing and hanging around
and are sleepy as it is night time.
The stars twinkle and everyone goes to sleep.

Technical Analysis
The composition takes 7 minutes.
It is made as an introduction to contemporary music.
The length of time is suitable to hold the attention of children
Drawings can be made by the music by adults or children.
It is intended for children aged 5-9 years,
but can of course also be performed for adults.
The composition was written with this intention:
Children will like it and it will make adults smile.

For each part of the composition there are just 5 tones used.

12. Adjos ->  Sheet music for one or two Marimba Players 

based on a West African welcome song for king.

to see a part of the score:

13. Etude for Vibraphone to the 'Toonklok' of Peter Schat, 

first and ninth hour from Peter Schat

To see a part of the score:

14. Time is slipping by ->  Sheet music for Woodwindquintet.
15. Todi’s Gamuts ->  Sheet music for flute and piano
The composition is based on the Indian that ‘Todi’. A ‘that or thaat’ (in Indian) is a modal tone system that exists in the Hindustani Music.  A ‘That’ has 7 tones and forms the basis on wich many ragas  in the North Indian classical music are divided.

In this composition the mode is always used from different starting points. The thread is the embouchure gliss. (e.g.)  with falling minor second, the loose staccato tones, jet wistles and echoes (echoes have a muffled sound)

(air and sound). The composition tells about a mystery with a female and male aspect. (Make your own story.)

Carnatic raga Todi,   sa re  ga      ma  pa dha  na     sa

This mode uses the notes: shuddha rishabham, sadharana gandharam, shuddha madhyamam, shuddha dhaivatham and kaisiki nishadham.

16. Song -> Sheet music for flute and piano

Easy song for flute and piano. You can also play it with flute solo and you can play it for flute and violin and cello.

17.  Mécanique Céleste -> sheet music for carillon. 

I have used the Tintinnabulli system of Arvo Pärt. 

18. Aïnte = Sleep my Child -> Sheet music for violin and accordion. 

The composition is about a mother and child who flee the violence of war.  The composition starts with a piece of a Syrian lullaby 'Aïnte', performed by the  violin, meanwhile the accordion plays an  airplane-like sound. After that two eerie shrieks can be heard and the violin plays big intervals ‘sul ponticelli’. What follows then is a piece of ‘Minimal Music’ reflecting endless thoughtless walking, Then some shocking sounds (I call them fences) wherein the violence and the hindrance  should represent the mental shocks of all. After that the violin plays a solo arabic style being a ‘Song of hope’. Then again the shocking sounds turning into the sound of a train. In this train the violin plays sounds of nostalgia and sadness. Then again the ‘fences’, but they fade more and more and the music is becoming more tranquil. The piece ends with the Syrian lullaby, played by the violin in peaceful harmony with the soft accompaniment of the accordion. The violin has the leading role in this composition and represents the refugee, the accordion is mostly accompanying.  There has been made use of several Arab maqams and rhythms.

19. Mystery of Mellon Udridgle -> sheet music for alto sax and accordion
20. Schicksal -> sheet music for piano trio violin, cello and piano
21. Zodiac -> sheet music for Flute Quartet