Boundless (Homage to L.B.)

Boundless was commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, who requested a homage to Leonard Bernstein (anticipating the centennial of the great composer/conductor’s birth) that could be programmed alongside L.B.’s Serenade for solo violin, strings, harp and percussion. As I have always admired L.B. ever since I watched the film West Side Story when I was 9 or so, I agreed to write this piece. The instrumentation is basically the same as that of the Serenade, but without the solo violin and with the addition of a keyboard player on celesta and synthesizer. The work is a kind of mini-symphony in three short movements (fast, slow, fast) played attacca (i.e., without breaks). It directly references material from two little piano pieces by L.B.: Nos. 5 and 13 from his last (1988) cycle of Anniversaries - little piano pieces L.B. wrote throughout his life and which he would often pick up and expand in other, larger works, most notably in his Serenade. In my piece, however, the music often moves quite far from the source material, so that most of the time, it is no longer recognizable. (read more)

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  1. Parnassus Musicus Fernandæus (Volume 2) : Motets for 3, 4 & 5 voices & non-figured Basso Continuo (Partitura) / collected by Giovanni Battista Bonometti; transcribed and edited by Cees Wagemakers
  2. Parnassus Musicus Fernandæus (Volume 1) : Motets for 1 & 2 voices & non-figured Basso Continuo (Partitura) / collected by Giovanni Battista Bonometti; transcribed and edited by Cees Wagemakers
  3. Innermost Man : for soprano and 4 instrumental groups / Dmitri Kourliandski; text by A. Platonov
  4. Tōtoltepōhua : for percussion duo / Merijn Bisschops
  5. Spheres : for acoustic guitar / Merijn Bisschops
  6. Antipode I : for harpsichord and soundtrack / Merijn Bisschops
  7. Clearing : for flute / Merijn Bisschops
  8. Nocturne : voor cello en harp / Henriëtte Bosmans
  9. Exodion : for high tenor and organ / Calliope Tsoupaki; composed on text fragments from Theotokarion by the Cretan monk Agapios (1580-1656)
  10. Maestrale : for orchestra / Calliope Tsoupaki

Popular works

  1. Canto Ostinato : voor toetsinstrumenten, 1976-79 / Simeon ten Holt
  2. Clearing : for flute / Merijn Bisschops
  3. Der nächtliche Wanderer : for symphony orchestra / Reinbert de Leeuw
  4. Dat Mistige Rooie Beest : C version : Bb version : Eb version / Rogier van Otterloo
  5. Silhouetten : for orchestra, 1925 / [music editors: Odilia Vermeulen and Ton Braas], Leo Smit
  6. First harmonium concerto : for harmonium and ensemble / Martijn Padding, 2008
  7. Elliott loves bebop : for two instrumental quartets / Klas Torstensson
  8. Symphonie Nº 6 'Amsterdamse' : voor orkest / Cornelis Dopper
  9. Boundless (Homage to L.B.) : for string orchestra, harp, keyboards and percussion / Joey Roukens
  10. L' indifférent : pour quatuor à cordes, 1969, gereconstrueerde versie (2002) / Hendrik Andriessen