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MDBCCC

  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 2'30"
  • Parts: carillon
  • Commissioned by: Foundation Middelburg 800

Commissioned by Foundation Middelburg 800. The title of the piece refers to my hometown Midelburg celebrating 800 years of city rights. The notes M(i), B, C(is) and D play an important role....

The Ballad of the Salt Water

  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 17'
  • Parts: 3 mixed choirs, organ
  • Commissioned by: Art Council Groningen

A spatial composition for three choirs and organ, inspired by Lorca's texts.

For Mattia

Dedicated to Julia Mattia Muilwijk, on earth September 13, 1989 - October 1, 2015 
- so loving, so brave, so beautiful - 

Motion

  • Year: 2016
  • Length: 6'30
  • Parts: bar.sax, mrb, pf, electr.guit, vl
  • Commissioned by: Kluster5
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A new version, made on request of the ensemble Kluster5.

The Barn

Suite for piano solo from the score from Moving the Barn.

Bliss

A rhythmic spectacle , a whirlwind for eight cellos and four saxophones.

Echoes

Commissioned by the Belgian Origami Ensemble. Two pianos, four pianists who constantly chasing each other.

Simon Songs XVII - XXIV

The third set of eight songs for piano solo, inspired by "Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlieties en Contredansen" (Old and New Dutch Farmersongs and Dances).


total length : ± 32'30"

Passacaglia for Quintet

The Passacaglia from 2011 in a new instrumentation.

Tick

A powerpiece for quintet, based upon Simon Song 15, written on request of the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Bliss for Quintet

  • Year: 2016
  • Length: 10'
  • Parts: fl, cl, pf, vl, vcl
  • Commissioned by: ZNF / MCME
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A version for quintet, made on request of the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Cloud Atlas - Quintet

  • Year: 2016
  • Length: 12
  • Parts: fl, cl, pf, vl, vcl
  • Commissioned by: MPZ / MCME
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Momentum

Music written for the National 5 May Celebration, 2015.

See !

Music for piano or harp solo, written on request by the French pianist Nicolas Horvath to be played in his GlassWorlds project.

The Writer, his Wife, her Mistress

  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 65'
  • Parts: soprano, alt, bariton, saxophone quartet
  • Commissioned by: Theaterproductiehuis Zeelandia
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Music for a theaterplay, commissioned by Theaterproductiehuis Zeelandia, about the Dutch writer Martinus Nijhoff, his wife Netty and her mistress Marlow Moss. The play was written by Anna Maria Versloot and directed by Vincent van den Elshout.

Piano Concerto

The sparkling Piano Concerto, reduced to the core: two pianos.

Simon Songs I - VIII

The first set of 8 short pieces for piano, based upon old Dutch folk-tunes.

Simon Songs IX - XVI

The second set of 8 short pieces for piano, based upon old Dutch folk-tunes.

Bagatelle

A short piece for piano, based upon a theme of the third movement from Beethovens Symphony No. 5, commissioned by the International Beethoven Festival in Chicago.

For you have delivered my Soul

  • Year: 2013
  • Length: 44'
  • Parts: strings, git, hrp, hrn, fl (picc), solo soprano
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Music for a yet to be released album with the same title. For you have delivered my Soul consists of six predominantly slow movements .

De verhuizende Schuur (Moving the Barn)

  • Year: 2013
  • Length: 20'
  • Parts: vl, vla, vcl, pf & samples
  • Commissioned by: Mighty Impulse Media
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Music for the documentary De verhuizende Schuur (Moving the Barn) by Marjan Bos and Theo Rietveld about Sjaak Murre, who single-handedly moved a barn of Zeeland Flanders to the other side of the Westerschelde!

Les Chants d'Automne

Second Chant of the Seasons. Two more to go !

Motion

The first ideas for Motion emerged in 2002 as a sketch for one of the parts of The Flood, Requiem. Later, in 2007, this music evolved into the score for the short film Ports in Motion, commissioned by Zeeland Seaports. This completely new version was released on the cd House of Mirrors.

Passacaglia

My chamber opera Kabaal (Row) from 2001 tells the story of the historic feud between the Dutch naval heroes of the 17th century, Michiel de Ruyter and Cornelis Tromp. Halfway through the opera for tenor, baritone and percussion, sounds a touching aria, based on a simple descending four-note pattern. Passacaglia is an instrumental version of this aria.

La Casa degli Specchi

The beginning of La Casa degli Specchi emerged in 2009 as one of the possible ideas for Delta Dance, a composition for the Clazz Ensemble. The core of the piece consists of only five notes, reflected and mirrored in many, many ways.

Kick

The first version of Kick was created in 2008 as Kick out the Muse, a work for chorus and orchestra based on texts by Federico Garcia Lorca. Lorca describes composing and performing music, as well as listening to music as a purely physical activity (sing with the sound of rushing blood). In the spring of 2011 I did a complete reworking of this music, resulting in this new piece Kick.

Kick

The first version of Kick was created in 2008 as Kick out the Muse for chorus and orchestra based on texts by Federico Garcia Lorca. Lorca describes composing and performing music, as well as listening to music as a purely physical activity (sing with the sound of rushing blood). This is the version for 2 pianos.

La Musica del Giorno

  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 8'30"
  • Parts: pf (4h), fl, a.sax, vl, vcl
  • Commissioned by: Piccola Accademia degli Specchi
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This new arrangement of Daily Music for the cd House of Mirrors ads two melodic lines to the original fabric of the voices of the baroque-version from 2007.

L'Atlante delle Nuvole

Cloud Atlas was written for a project based on the famous novel by David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas was released as a live cd in 2009. This version for Pierrot-ensemble was commissioned by the Italian ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi.

Theme from Wiek for String Orchestra & Piano

  • Year: 2010
  • Length: 16
  • Parts: pf, strings
  • Commissioned by: Zeeuws Kamerorkest TY,
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The theme of Music for Wiek, arranged for piano and string orchestra at the request of Zeeland Chamberochestra TY, on the occasion of the manifestation The Forgotten Bombardment in 201o in Middelburg.

Theme from Wiek

The Epilogue from Music for Wiek in the original version for piano and soprano saxophone.

Delta Dance

  • Year: 2009
  • Length: 9'
  • Parts: s.sax, a.sax, t.sax, b.sax, 3 trp in bes, 2trb, dr, pf, b.guit.
  • Commissioned by: Clazz Ensemble
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This piece, written for the great Clazz Ensemble, "starts minimalistic and leads to a swirling klezmer-orgy, leaving the listener behind in astonishment" (NTB).

Theme from Wiek

The Epilogue from Music for Wiek in a version for piano or harp.

Kick out the Muse

  • Year: 2009
  • Length: 15'
  • Parts: mixed choir, 2 fl (1 also picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in bes, 2 bsn, 4 hr in f, 2 trp in c, 2 tbn, 1 btbn, 1 perc, strings,
  • Commissioned by: Koninklijke Oratorium Vereniging Middelburg
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Rhythmic fireworks around texts from a speech by the writer Federico Garcia Lorca, proposed in 1934 in Havana and Beunos Aires. The text of Kick Out the Muse! consists of separate realigned sentences from this speech. Kick out the Muse ! wants to express that music making and listening is an extremely physical primal experience. You don't make music with inspiration or workmanship. You make music with goosebumps. Music triggers your reptilian brain, the deepest recesses of your blood. Music with the smell of baby spit, with the feel of crushed grass and the sound of rushing blood. Sing with the wind through the empty arches.

Voordat ik zag (Before I saw)

  • Year: 2009
  • Length: 17'
  • Parts: SATB, 2 fl (1 also picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in bes, 2 bsn, hrp or pf, string quartet, strings
  • Commissioned by: USKO
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Voordat ik Zag (Before I Saw) was commissioned by the USKO (the Utrecht Students Choir & Orchestra). The lyrics are by the Dutch performer/singer/poet Herman van Veen, who wrote : "I thought it was wonderful. Serene and clear as water from the tap. All those young people, who together, led by the inspiring Gilles Michels on Douwe Eisenga's post-minimal sounds, succeeded to touch me deeply".

Wiek

Wiek (Rotor) is a dance/theater collaboration with director Boukje Schweigman. The score is written for saxophone quartet, piano and sampled percussion. All saxes are played by Erik-Jan de With (The Hague Saxophone Quartet).

Les Chants Estivaux

"Enchanting and inspiring is the extraverted Les Chants Estivaux, the summer is not to stop."

Famous Grouce

Written for a favourite pub, sipping a favourite whisky.

Ports in Motion

  • Year: 2008
  • Length: 5'
  • Parts: samples
  • Commissioned by: Juister Imaginairies

Ports in Motion is a film-production of Juister Imaginairies. It is a short movie following the principle of the golden cut about life, work, human effort and dynamics in the harbour of Zeeland. Ports in Motion has been rewarded with the Golden Camera at the 2009 U.S. International Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles (California, USA). Over 1,100 films from 22 countries were selected as best corporate image film fit for the Golden Camera, only to find Ports in Motion of Juister Imaginaries standing out. 

Doors to the Soul

Music for a film by Elizabeth Salgado. A blind man, a music composer, a cook, an astronomer and a homicide investigator. The film gets into their minds and explores their creativity and passions through their senses. The film uses snippets of City Lines.

Cloud Atlas

My contribution to Cloud Atlas, a project based on the famous novel by David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas was released as a live cd in 2008. Two years later, the version for two pianos appeared on my cd The Piano Files.

Cloud Atlas

  • Year: 2007
  • Length: 12'30"
  • Parts: fl, ob, cl, pf, vl, vcl
  • Commissioned by: MuziekPodium Zeeland
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Cloud Atlas from 2007, inspired by the famous novel of David Mitchell, who wrote : Eisenga’s composition is beautiful. It is joyous, trancedent, and makes me homesick for a place I’ve never been”

Saxophone Quartet - Rose Road

The version for saxophonequartet of the eponymous string quartet from 2005.

Daily Music

  • Year: 2007
  • Length: 8'30"
  • Parts: 2 baroque violins, baroque cello and harpsichord
  • Commissioned by: Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant
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In 2007 the oldest newspaper in the Netherlands, the ‘Zeeuwse Provinciale Courant’  (PZC) existed 250 years. The newspaper asked for a composition for two baroque violins, baroque cello and harpsichord, based on a 250-year old Sonata from the Dutch composer Christian Ernst Graf.

Variation on William

  • Year: 2007
  • Length: 1'
  • Parts: piano
  • Commissioned by: Parnassos Cultural Centre
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Short variation on one of the first versions of the Dutch national anthem.

Concertino for 2 pianos

  • Year: 2007
  • Length: 13'
  • Parts: 2 pf, 1 picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 1 engl hn, 2cl, 2 bs, 1 s.sax, 1 t.sax, 4 hrn, 2 trp, 2 tbn, 1 b.tbn, 1 tba, 3 perc, timp, strings
  • Commissioned by: Provincie Zeeland
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A special version of City Lines, for two pianos and orchestra, written at the request of the Province of Zeeland, on the occasion of the retirement of the then CvdK Wim van Gelder in 2007.

City Lines

City Lines was part of a project of the same name written for the tenth anniversary of the Dutch Gallery Caesuur. This composition for four pianos is written with an old Dutch folk tune in mind.

Cantus

  • Year: 2006
  • Length: 10'30"
  • Parts: fl (picc), ob, cl, bs, hrn, trp, trb, tba, 2 vl, vla, vcl, cb, pf, hrp, perc
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Originally written for Medieval Music Ensemble Super Librum. However, this is the version for the illustrious Xenakis Ensemble.

Dickens (version for youth orchestra)

  • Year: 2006
  • Length: 5'
  • Parts: 4 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl in a, 2 bsn, 4 hr in f, 3 trp in c, 2 tbn, 1 b.tbn, 1 tba, timp, 2 perc, strings
  • Commissioned by: Zeeuws Jeugdorkest
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A special version of Dickens, made ​​at the request of the Zeeland Youth Orchestra.

Dickens !

  • Year: 2005
  • Length: 5'
  • Parts: fl (picc), ob, cl, bs, hrn, trp, trb, tba, 2 vl, vla, vcl, cb, pf, hrp, perc
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The cheerful finale of the album Rose Road - City Lines.

String Quartet - Rose Road

Rose Road was commissioned by a lovely old woman. The title refers to the wood where this good fairy once lived. Although it is sad that this time is past, this energetic string quartet, after a lyrical opening, testifies to the happiness and vitality of life. Lovely old fairies like things like that.

Piano Concerto

  • Year: 2003
  • Length: 30'
  • Parts: fl (picc), ob, cl, bs, hrn, trp, trb, tba, 2 vl, vla, vcl, cb, pf, hrp, perc
  • Commissioned by: Centrum voor Nieuwe Muziek
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Written for pianist Gerard Bouwhuis and the Xenakis Ensemble.

Cantus

  • Year: 2003
  • Length: 10'
  • Parts: soprano, altus, 2 fiddles, lute, theophilus-organ, perc
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The ensemble Super Librum is internationally acclaimed for its historically accurate performances of medieval music. In 2003 the ensemble asked for a piece, using the text of an old-Frisian song Thit was to there stunde from the 13th century.

The Flood, Requiem

  • Year: 2003
  • Length: 70'
  • Parts: 2 fl (fl 1also picc), 2 ob, 2 cl in bes, 2 bsn, 4 hr in f, 2 trp in c, 2 tbn, b.tbn, tba, hrp, ac. guitar, pf, 5 perc, timp, strings, SATB, altsolo
  • Commissioned by: Zeeland Nazomer Festival
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The Flood, Requiem is a composition for choir, alt solo and orchestra, written in memory of the victims of the flood in the Netherlands in 1953. The piece lasts about 70 minutes and consists of nine parts. The lyrics are by Christopher Levenson, Vasily Zhukovsky, F. Hieronymi Savonarolae, Thomas of Celano and excerpts from the requiem mass. After 7 performances in the Netherlands in 2003, followed in 2012 a new implementation in Romania by the Moldova State Philharmonic led by Marcel Verhoeff. 

Momo

  • Year: 2003
  • Length: 45'
  • Parts: fl, b.fl, ob, trb, perc, satb, pf, synth, strings
  • Commissioned by: Stichting EI

Music for a Christmas production based on the novel by Michael Ende.

 

 

Rivus I

Written during my years as composition-student. The first of two pieces, based on Fugue no. 24 from Das Wohltemperirte Klavier by JS Bach.

Growing Worm

Written for the Dutch pianist Marcel Worms and his New Blues Project.

Kabaal / Bestevaer

  • Year: 2001
  • Length: 75'
  • Parts: tenor, bariton, perc.
  • Commissioned by: Theaterproductiehuis Zeelandia
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The chamber opera  Kabaal / Bestevaer recounts a heated argument between the two Dutch naval heroes, Michiel de Ruyter and Cornelis Tromp. The piece - with a libretto by Nirav Christophe - for two singers and a percussion player premiered in 2001 under the title Kabaal, followed by a longer version in 2007 under the title Bestevaer.

Oliver

  • Year: 2000
  • Length: 45'
  • Commissioned by: Stichting EI

Music for a christmas production based upon Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

Rivus II

  • Year: 1998
  • Length: 15'
  • Parts: piano

Meandering, almost impressionistic music for piano, based on Fugue no. 24 from Das Wohltemperirte Klavier by JS Bach.

Een Naam voor de Stilte (A Name for the Silence)

  • Year: 1994
  • Length: 20'
  • Parts: SATB, voice, perc ensemble (6 players)
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This piece for choir and percussion ensemble is actually misplaced in this section. The text of A Name for the Silence is a selection from the poem Unidentified of Tahar Ben Jelloun, from his collection The Rising of the Ashes. The translation is by Ernst van Altena. This collection commemorates the thousands of anonymous victims of the war in the Middle East. Originally written during my studies, later - in 2005 - also performed by the Brabant Chamber Choir led by Fokko Oldenhuis.

Dickens (version for orchestra)

  • Year: 1993
  • Length: 5'
  • Parts: picc, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl in bes, 2 bsn, 4 hr in f, 2 trp, 2 trb, b.trb, tba, timp, 2 perc, strings
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The original version of Dickens.

Theme I

Just about my first music for piano, written in the basement of the Grand Theatre in Groningen.