EXUMA

Impressed by his holiday the Bamaha island of Exuma,
the composer dedicated a composition to it.

Part I: Landing in a Tropical Storm

The arrival on Exuma was not exactly gentle: in the dark, a small propeller plane and a thunderstorm..
Part II: the Island Life. Once settled, you'll be captivated by the relaxed island rhythm and its friendly people. Part III: From the Beach into the Blue.
Exuma has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world:
White sands as far as the eye can see, surrounded by swaying palm trees and a
dazzling blue ocean with a colorful underwater world.

Part IV: Carribean Carnival. People on Exuma know how to throw a party!
The 'Junkanoo' and Regatta for example are colorful parties. 
The piece is suited for ensembles with mostly battery and aux. percussion,
with one mallet part for the beginning mallet player(s).
Duration 7:00
Instrumentation 11 parts: Tubular chimes, marimba, glockenspiel, timpani,
djembe, battery and aux percussion.
Level: easy
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€ 58,00

Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr, lived in the 3rd century 

during the persecution of Christians in Rome. 

He cared for the poor and supported them with money and gifts. 

Emperor Valerian demanded all riches from him. 

But Lawrence divided the riches among the poor Christians. 

Off course, Valerian didn't accept this disobedience and Lawrence's ordeal began..

A compelling concert piece for easy/medium level percussion ensemble
with few melody parts and various battery and aux. parts.

Duration 6:40
Published at Dutch Music Partners

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AURA

According to the esoteric teaching, the Aura is an energy field
that surrounds every living being.

There can be a disturbance in it due to health issues or it can be very bright. 

Which means that your physical and mental conditions are in balance. 

This transformation from a disturbed to a harmonious Aura is
the starting point of this composition in three parts.
Instrumentation 15 parts: 6 mallet parts, timpani,
drumset and battery parts, aux. percussion.
Duration 6:10
Level: easy
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€ 60,00

TRES MUSES

The three muses Musicality, Friendship and Joy are depicted in this 6,5 minute concert piece.
These muses were the most important for the commissioning ensemble of 'St. Jozef'.
In fact, they are important for all music ensembles.
It has 12 parts in total: 4 mallet parts, timpani, 5 percussion parts and featuring soloist parts for soprano saxophone and flugelhorn.
Level: easy/medium
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€ 62,50

OPEN UP! - version I

This 3,5 minute overture illustrates the reboot and joy of playing music together again after the covid-lockdown. 

The optimistic composition is straightforward, energetic and suitable for many levels. 

The minimalistic intrada creates the possibility to start the piece with an empty stage. 

After the woodblock enters, more musicians can join the stage: a metaphor of rejoining again. 

Due to the variety in the percussion ensemble sector, i made three versions.
This version has 10 parts: 3 mallet parts, timpani, 6 percussion parts.

level: easy/medium
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€ 40,00

TIMELINE

In this concert piece, the timeline with the ups and downs of an
amateur music association is depicted in four parts.

Part I Born from tradition: Tradition is a part from which a music association often owes its existence.
In the Netherlands, these were often Christian traditions.

Part II, Prosperity: in this part the blossoming of a music association is depicted.

An energetic and positive part in which there is a clear musical build-up.

Part III, Turbulence: sometimes the atmosphere can abruptly turn into
turbulent times with mutual strife and loss of members.
To be heard by the tension and measure changes.

Part four, in Harmony: in the end, coorperation and friendship is the key to making music in harmony.
The positive motive from part two returns. 
Duration 8:40
Instrumentation 10 parts: 3 mallet parts, timpani, 6 percussion parts
Level: easy/medium
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€ 65,00

FENIKS RISING

This work is composed as an overture.
Of course also very suitable as an energetic closing piece.
The music refers to the legend of the Phoenix: a mythical bird that emerges from its ashes.
It is dedicated to people who are able to rise above themselves and stay positive,
no matter how difficult their situation.
Duration 3:10
Instrumentation 13 parts: 4 mallet parts, timpani, 8 battery and aux. percussion parts.
Level: easy/medium
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€ 40,00

EXTASIS

The spirit of ecstasy is portrayed in this composition. 

The ecstatic feeling when a musical tension reaches its peak is an important
element of this 3-part composition. 

Each contrasting part contains these build-ups.
An atmospheric concert piece for easy/medium level ensemble.
Duration: 7'
Instrumentation 13 parts:
3 mallet parts (vibes&xylo combination, glock.,marimba,chimes),
timpani, 3 battery percussion parts(with drumset), 4  parts aux.perc.,
2 bass drum parts.
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€ 60,00

DEETERE

The small Dutch village of Dieteren - 'Deetere' in local dialect -
has three remarkable legends dating back to the middle ages.
They are described in this cinematic and sometimes spooky piece.
Part I the Diabolical Robbers.
These cursed riders robbed and kidnapped villagers during the night.
They took the villagers into the dungeons of a bewitched castle in the swamps of 'de Dort'.
Part II The headless Lady (Danse Macabre). a Ghostly Lady resides
in the woods of Dieteren. She was beheaded in 1498 and haunts the villagers since.
Part III the Gnomes. In the Koppelberg Hill in Dieteren live the 'Auvelmenkes'.
Little gnomes who helped villagers with their household charts at night.
But beware! If you were greedy to them, they became mischievous.
Duration: 6'
instrumentation 14 parts: 4 mallet parts, timpani, 3 battery perc. parts,
4 aux. parts, 2 bass drum parts
Level: easy/medium
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€ 60,00

OPEN UP! - version II

This 3,5 minute overture illustrates the reboot and joy of playing music together again after the covid-lockdown. 

The optimistic composition is straightforward, energetic and suitable for many levels. 

The minimalistic intrada creates the possibility to start the piece with an empty stage. 

After the woodblock enters, more musicians can join the stage: a metaphor of rejoining again. 

Due to the variety in the percussion ensemble sector, i made three versions.
This 2nd version has 13 parts: 5 mallet parts, timpani, 7 percussion parts.

level: medium
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€ 44,00

ARABIAN DANCE

This delicate arrangement comes from Tsjaikovski's ballet the Nutcracker.
It is a mysterious and relaxing Arabian dance which takes the listener to 
an enchanting 'Fata Morgana' scene.
Duration ca. 4:00
Instrumentation 12 parts: glock., vibes, 3 mar's, timpani,
darbuka (ad.lib. small djembe), bass drum, aux. percussion.
Level: Medium
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€ 40,00

PATAMBA

The title is a combination of Paso Doble, Tango and Samba.
These three latin-american dances are the main ingredient of this concert piece
aimed at battery and aux. percussion.
All three parts are presented in the energetic exhibition.
Then, the three dances will take you to Latin America!
The last part, Samba, is possible to play with original sambaband instruments.
Duration 7'
Instrumentation 10 parts: Timpani, battery and aux. percussion,
sambaband percussion (optional)
Level: medium
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€ 60,00

SOLEIL LEVANT

The task given to the composer was to depict the spirit of the ensemble who commissioned this composition. Their name is 'Aurora', which means Sunrise. 

The composer took the painting Soleil Levant -rising sun- by the French painter
Claude Monet from 1873 as an inspiration.

The work gives an impression of a sunrise on a foggy day and is the starting point of 

a build-up from the nebulous beginning to the exciting end where the sun has
given color and energy to its surrounding and people.
The music is a blend of impressionistic influences 

with popular music styles from nowadays. In the last part there's a
surprising feature for four players on one marimba.
Duration 5:45 
Instrumentation 14 parts: 5 mallet parts, bass guitar (or bass marimba), piano, timpani,
drumset, 5 parts battery and aux. percussion.
Level: medium
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€ 62,50

DUENDE

'Duende' is the magic element that belongs to the Spanish Flamenco.
It is the moment when the dancers and musicians immerse with the music.

This work illustrate Flamenco dancers  who start slowly with an intrada and
acceleration, known as 'Ecobilla'. 
Then the fiery dance is started and the Duende takes over.
The rondo form depicts the man (the 6/4 part) and woman (the 3/4 part) 
of a flamenco dancing couple. 
The dance is written for battery and auxiliary percussion with a feature
for two castanets players and cajon.
Duration 3:30
Instrumentation 13 parts: snare drums, bongos, toms, cajon,
castanets (2x), timpani, aux. percussion, bass drums (2)
Level: medium
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€ 40,00

SUITE SLAVA

This concert piece is based on the folk music from the Slavic countries.
Part one - Marziale - is based on the proud character and patriotism of their people.
Part two depicts a fiery Cossack squat dance.
Part three is a czardas with the characteristic melancholic beginning which
develops into a raging ending.
The piece is aimed at ensembles with a few mallet players
and a large battery and aux. line-up.
Instrumentation 13 parts:
2 mallet parts (glock.,vibes,xylo, ad.lib. marimba, chimes)
timpani, 4 parts battery perc., 4 parts aux. perc., 2 bass drum parts.
Duration: 8.30
Level: medium
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€ 65,00

HATIRLA ANTALYA

'Hatirla' is the Turkish word for 'memories'; Memories from Antalya.
The composition brings us to this Turkish city at the Meditarranian sea.
The city is a blend of modern tourism and ancient cultures
from the Ottoman and Roman empires.
It has three parts: Hadrian's Gate, Night at Lara Beach and Belly Dance.
The piece has a feature for two Darbuka's.
Instrumentation 14 parts: 3 mallet parts, timpani, 2 darbuka parts (or high djembes),
drumset, battery and aux. percussion.
Duration 7:20
Level: medium
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€ 65,00

REFLECTIONS OF A REALITY

This concert piece depicts hard moments during our life time but also conquering
these moments and bright times that lie before us afterwards.
They define us who we are. The first part is a dark and sad reflection.
The main theme of the piece has its exhibition here.
The second part depicts the frustration and anger created by these sad memories by
using changing measures and pumping rhythms.
Part three is written as a loving remembrance.
Part four describes resilience and new found joy in live.

Instrumentation 14 parts: 5 mallet parts (with tamborim or high rototom feature),
timpani, 3 battery parts, drumset, aux. perc., bass drum.
Duration 8:20
Level: medium
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€ 72,50

MUSICOLOGY

In this concert piece, the function of music through the millennia
in human society is depicted.
In four parts, four main applications are described:
Part I Pegan Ritual, Part II Religion,
Part III modernism & art, Part IV pop culture.
Duration: 9'
Instrumentation 13 parts: 5 mallet parts (with tom tom feature),
timpani, 3 parts battery percussion and drumset, 
3 parts aux. percussion, bass drums.
Level: medium difficult
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€ 75,00

EQUILIBRIUM

In our society, we are consistently confronted and distracted by tensions that others and ourselves impose upon us: work vs. private life, status, social media, time constraints, etc.

We regularly neglect what is really important in life: balance and harmony. 
In other words: Equilibrium.

This composition, composed for the Dutch Open Percussion Championships (ONSK), conveys the search for this balance. In the 1st part, the thin line between rest and stress - the two main themes of the composition - is heard clearly.
In the 2nd part the search for harmony begins but we fall back into old behavior.

Part 3 depicts the desire for peace and harmony but do we ever find what we are looking for?

The 4th part is a representation of how ambition and drive can also give positive energy.

The composition concludes by an epilogue in which we put the turbulence behind us
and the equilibrium returns. 
The piece was commissioned to be a combination of medium level mallet parts and
difficult parts for battery percussion.
Duration 11:30
Instrumentation 13 parts: 4 mallet parts, timpani, drumset, 7 percussion parts
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€ 90,00

A BLUE CADANCE (extended)

This short but powerful cadance contains both rhythmic and visual spectacle.
The mallet section provides extra thrust and color to the drumline.
Suitable for outdoor and indoor performances.
The title refers to percussion ensemble KOH - the Blue- from Eijsden
who commissioned this piece.
A version without mallets is also available on this website.
Duration c. 2:00
Instrumentation 10 parts: 3 (high tension) snares, 3 marching bass drums,
marchings cymbs, 3 marimbas.
Level: Difficult
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€ 32,50