Hier nog meer kunsttroep

CR: 55
Year: 2008-2009
Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Ensemble
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2 Flutes (No. 1 alternating Piccolo 1 and Alto Flute; No. 2 alternating Piccolo 2 and Bass Flute)
Clarinet in Bb (alternating Bass Clarinet in Bb)
2 Soprano Saxophones (No. 1 alternating Alto Saxophone, No. 2 alternating Baritone Saxophone)

Trumpet
Horn in F
2 Tenor Trombones
Tuba

Electric Guitar
Bass Guitar

Piano

Percussion
Tubular Bells
Marimba
Timpano (low F)
Drum set
Guiro
Bongos
Tam-tam

Orkest de Ereprijs conducted by Wim Boerman

Going from high school to the conservatoire meant a change for me. During my high school period I composed a lot of music, these activities mostly taking place under the radar while I also had to finish my homework and pass my school exams. After I was finally done with all these high school obligations, suddenly I could focus fully on music. The environment changed as well. Before going to conservatoire I tried to get hold of whatever music I could get access to and on top of that luckily I had found a handful of wonderful teachers who brought me the knowledge they could pass to me while not forcing me anything.

At the conservatoire of The Hague I encountered a totally living practice: a lot was going on and it was (and still is) a place were many nice and interesting colleagues with very diverse ideas come together. There were a lot of new possibilities for exploration. New for me too were the suddenly much better opportunities for having my work performed.

The first piece I finished while being at the conservatoire was written for Orkest de Ereprijs (with whom I would collaborate again later, a couple of times). During the period I was working on the piece, relatives of mine reminded me of an email I seemed to have sent them as a kid with the subject Hier nog meer kunsttroep ("Here's even more art junk"). Attached to that email was a deliberately silly picture with "Het ruimteschip is het beste dingetje" written over it. I somehow managed to retrieve this email in the sent box of my email program and it stuck me that the subject would be a perfect fitting title for the suite I was writing for de Ereprijs. This suite consists of 8 composed bits of music that are stylized combinations of music that I knew, and liked very much, from both 'classical'/'avant-garde' and 'popular' origins. Just like the concept of having these different perspectives on the music, the title of the piece carries a certain ambiguity too. One the one hand it contains something personal, since I was the one who wrote that email in the past, but on the other hand it's impersonal to a great degree, since I of course had 'grown up' over time and had forgotten completely about it.

show past performances
  • 21 June 2009, 16.00, ACEC, Roggestraat 44, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (Premiere)
    Orkest de Ereprijs conducted by Wim Boerman
    Tango - Ereprijs concert
  • 28 March 2011, 19.30, Arnold Schönbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands
    Instrumentalists of the Royal Conservatoire conducted by Christiaan Richter
    CASS 4
    Conductor Christiaan Richter
    Flute 1 Paulius Gefenas
    Flute 2 Emeline Dessi
    Clarinet Enric Sans Morera
    Saxophone 1 Femke Steketee
    Saxophone 2 Marijke Kroon
    Trumpet Anne Oelers
    Horn Sebastian Ritzel
    Tenor Trombone 1 Georgios Kachrimanis
    Tenor Trombone 2 Rudolfs Kulbergs
    Tuba Adrian Miranda Redondo
    Electric Guitar Elliot Simpson
    Bass Guitar Giovanni Bermúdez
    Piano Nadya Janitra
    Percussion Natalia Alvarez-Arenas Arias
  • 19 April 2011, 16.00, Arnold Schönbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands
    Instrumentalists of the Royal Conservatoire conducted by Christiaan Richter
    Spring Festival
    Conductor Christiaan Richter
    Flute 1 Paulius Gefenas
    Flute 2 Emeline Dessi
    Clarinet Enric Sans Morera
    Saxophone 1 Femke Steketee
    Saxophone 2 Marijke Kroon
    Trumpet Anne Oelers
    Horn Sebastian Ritzel
    Tenor Trombone 1 Thijs Visser
    Tenor Trombone 2 Rudolfs Kulbergs
    Tuba Pablo Briones
    Electric Guitar Elliot Simpson
    Bass Guitar Giovanni Bermúdez
    Piano Nadya Janitra
    Percussion Natalia Alvarez-Arenas Arias

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