A SATURDAYNIGHT SOUNDTRACK

Saturday night is the evening to go out and throw a party in the club.
This composition depicts this exuberant atmosphere.
Groovy beats in battery/aux. percussion and a catchy melody and chords that seem come straight from a dance record. A great and accessible piece for your pops-concert!
Instrumentation 15 parts: 5 x mallets, timpani,  battery percussion (one with kick bassdrum), 
7 x aux. percussion and bassdrum parts. The intro has ad.lib. repeats: check video for entrance-idea.
Duration 4:10
Level: medium
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€ 50,00

OPEN UP! - version III

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 3nd and largest version has 16 parts: 7 mallet parts, timpani, 8 percussion parts.

level: medium
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€ 48,00

A SILVER LINING

This atmospheric and emotional 5,5 minute piece for large percussion ensemble and Euphonium solo
gives musical shape to the old saying 'every cloud has a silver lining';
After difficult stages in life comes hope and eventually relief. 
The beautiful melody in the Euphonium (also possible on Flugelhorn if desired) is accompanied by tasteful chords and ethereal percussive colours.
Later on, the battery percussion accompany gives an ethnic groove to the music.
Instrumentation, 16 parts: euphonium solo, 7 mallet parts, keyboard, timpani, 6 percussion parts.
Level: medium
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€ 57,50

TO ONE IN PARADISE

This sensitive concert piece for large percussion ensemble and voice (optional)
is based on the eponymous poem by Edgar Allen Poe.
It describes the love and loss of that loved one in a passionate way.
The optional voice declaims the poem during the piece and form a synthesis with the music.
Instrumentation 20 parts including voice: 6 mallet parts, timpani, 12 battery and aux. parts.
Another extra 3 parts are included. This concerns the separate bongo/bassdrum combo. 
The battery players can play these combo parts.
Duration 8:30
Level: medium difficult
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€ 80,00

CYGNUS X (a child's space fantasy)available at C.ALAN PUBLICATIONS

In this 10,5 minute work for 16 percussionists, the composer was inspired
by the fantasies he had as as child when he looked up at the stars in awe. 

He was especially intrigued by the phenomenom calles 'black hole'? 

The Galaxy Swan, Cygnus in Latin, is best known for Cygnus X-1 – a black hole. 

Cygnus X-1 was the first proof that black holes exist. 

This phenomenon is one of the greatest forces in the universe. 

Even light cannot escape this cosmic primal force. 

The piece takes the listener on a cosmic journey to the black hole through the eyes of a child.

number of Players: 16

Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 10:40
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PANDORA'S BOX

This challenging concert piece in three parts is based on the ancient Greek legend of Pandora.

It was commissioned by percussion ensemble St. Barbara Leveroy for their 

participation at the World Music Contest 2009.

The moral of the story is still a topic in our modern time frame.

A time frame were humanity's curiosity creates unlimited knowledge
and technological possibilities. 

But when this knowledge - often described as 'Pandora's Box' -
is opened, humanity often abuses these knowledge for personal 

gain or violent purposes. 
Instrumentation 15 parts: 5 mallet parts, timpani, 3x battery percussion,
4x aux. percussion, 2 bass drum parts.
Duration 8:25
Level: medium difficult
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€ 75,00

EVOLVE

This 9 minute concert piece for large percussion ensemble & samples describes a musical evolution.

It starts with the smallest possible musical element: a metronome.

From there it evolves by means of ostinati that gradually change.
The link with the digitally produced music is a reference to developments in (popular) music
and our digital society.

The ominous character of the beginning is becoming increasingly apparent and evolves into 

popular music with latin elements.

After the turbulence the piece gets into a relaxing atmosphere, but the repetitive character remains.
It builds up towards the exciting final part where a link is made with dance music
with a feature for the vibraphone player and battery percussion.
After the euphoric climax, relaxation enters and the piece ends as it began, coming full circle.
Instrumentation: 16 parts (incl. sample part) 6 mallet parts; timpani; 8 percussion parts. 
Samples delivered in mp3 format.
Level: Difficult  
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€ 85,00

ANDROID ANTHEM

Artificial intelligence: curse or blessing? That is the main question in this 9,5 minute concert piece for large percussion ensemble and samples.
We can't live without our smart machines which are interwoven in our daily lives. But at what cost and how will it evolve in the future? Will we become androids ourselves? The synthesis with produced electronics and soundbites in this composition illustrate these developments.
The piece is divided in sections:

In the beginning you will hear the optimism, then the discussion, a dystopian vision of the future, man versus machine and finally the hope that we will live in harmony with technology.
Instrumentation 17 parts: 7 mallet parts, timpani, 9 percussion parts. Samples delivered in mp3 format.
Level: Difficult
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€ 90,00

NA DATO

July 15, 1996, a dark day for the music world but especially for the victims and relatives
of the crash of the military 'Hercules' plane in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. 

Thirty-four of the 41 occupants did not survive.
Most were members of the talented Fanfare orchestra of the Royal Netherlands Army. 

As part of the memorial concert in 2016, this composition was created. 

It describes the testimonies, feelings and resilience of the bereaved.
Instrumentation 16 parts: 7 mallet parts ( 3 marimba parts), timpani, 3 battery parts
(incl. drumset), 4 parts aux. percussion, bass drum.
Duration 11:30
Level: Difficult
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€ 90,00