Alta Crucis is the Latin name for 'the High Cross' - Hoogcruts in old Dutch - , a monastery situated between Noorbeek and Slenaken in the beautiful rolling hills of Limburg.
The history of this monastery goes back many centuries and proved te be a suitable subject when'Berggalm' Noorbeek commissioned the composer for their wind band and percussion ensemble.
The premiere took place in the monastery's ruins, maintained by the Limburg Landscape Foundation.
It has four parts. Part I the Shepperd and the Vision.
Part II the Monastery’s Founding.
Part III Turmoil and Destruction. The last part is called Resurrection.
Instrumentation: full wind band (27 parts, extra part for bastuba in Eb included)
and percussion ensemble (10 parts, minimum of 13 percussionists adviced).
This concert piece was commissioned by the flute and percussion corps
Schutterij St. Willibrordus Obbicht.
The history of Obbicht Castle and the Schutterij (Guards) are closely intertwined.
First built in the Middle Ages, the castle and the Schutterij were a source of
guidance and protection for the Obbicht population.
This composition consists of a chronological structure of 6 musical impressions
that expresses this history:
Long time ago in a peacefull village; Resurrection; Tension;
War and Turmoil; Downfall; Reconstruction & Nowadays
Instrumentation 12 parts: 2x Piccolo flutes (at least four players,
parts in Bb and C available), 4x Flutes, marimba,
one tubular chime, battery and aux. percussion.
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Looking for inspiration to write a humorous and energetic wind quartet for the
2007 CD 'Hollandse Nieuwe' Offenbachs famous Can Can came across.
It is one of those classics everybody knows.
I thought, let's take this typical dance as a starting point and make it atypical.
It includes only two quotes from the original: the reason for the title's question mark.
The exciting charactre has remained by means of the tempo, rhythms and accents
while the dissonants and modulations have a humoristic effect.
The can can takes a breath in the contrasting 3/4 intermezzo but
regains its energy as it rushes to the exciting finale.
Instrumentation: Oboe, Clarinet Bb, Bassoon, Percussion
(triangle, tambourine, small susp.cymb.)
Level: medium difficult
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In this 3-part rhapsody, contemporary classic is mixed with popular music styles.
The composition is written in a way that flute and vibraphone support each other
and at other times complement each other into a whole.
Next to the flute's lyrical possibilities in the first and second part,
it also mimics percussive effects in the third part.
On the contrary, the vibraphone also shows the instrument's lyrical possibilities.
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Etienne Houben chose a programmatic title for this rousing duet between marimba and flute.
As is explained in the notes included in the score,
“Vertigo” is an “energetic composition in which the flute and marimba complement each other and create a musical ‘vertigo’ as one musical body.”
The piece begins simply with single notes on the marimba and slowly builds in energy and complexity to the primary theme.
This section is highlighted by multiple ostinati in the marimba part.
The frenetic pace reaches a climax and is interrupted by a largo, rubato section.
The lyricism contrasts the pace of the opening beautifully.
Additionally, the primary theme is presented in variations.
The piece closes with material similar to the opening to bring the piece to a rousing finale.
Overall, both the marimba and flute parts have their technical challenges, hence the IV difficulty rating. However, at five minutes in length, this piece would be perfect for a college or professional recital for which the marimbist wants to collaborate with flute. It is a welcome addition to the repertoire for flute and marimba duo.
Vol. 57, No. 4, September 2019