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Klein Klassiek concert

Vandaag was er een superleuk babyconcert bij Cantina Vocaal, met Walther Deubel en Diane Johnston.
Ik citeer organisator Diane Johnston:

“That was such a lovely morning! Klein Klassieks babyconcert with lovely musicians. I really felt some magic happening. I love the power of music!!
Now its time for a nap (that’s probably what our audience from this morning is doing as well around this time) and then I’m off to the Purmaryn for the last performance of Carmen….”

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Dit was het programma:

La ci darem / Mozart
Elfendans / Grieg
Schonen Monat Mai / Schumann
Polka vier handen / Stravinsky
Danse der Oiseaux / Verleur
Er zaten 7 kikkertjes ( 2 of 3 x )
Op een klein stationnetje
Zigeunermeisje ( 2 of 3 x)
Wiegenlied / Brahms
Le petit Negre / Debussy
Wild rider
Frohlicher landmann
Hij komt
Hoor de wind waait door de bomen
Hop hop hop
Rommel de Bommel
O, kom er eens kijken!

Natuurlijk allemaal korte stukken voor korte spanningsboogjes. De aanwezige kindjes waren flink aan het swingen! De ouders genoten ook.

Chamber music day at Watford

On the 21th of October I have been invited by the British Piano Trio Society to talk about my trios for early learners. Also some of my trios will be performed by children. I will travel on the 20th with Jan and Gaia an Rosa. We will also have autumn holiday afterwards. You can read more about the chamber music day below.

Triobooks 1 and 2 audio

Newletter October Piano Trio Society

Newletter October Piano Trio Society

Program 21 October

Program 21 October

Quotes Itzhak Perlman (violin)

- One must always practice slowly. If you learn something slowly, you forget it slowly.

- The most important thing to do is really listen.

- Every musical phrase has a purpose. It’s like talking. If you talk with a particular purpose, people listen to you, but if you just recite, it’s not as meaningful.

- I always consider myself lucky that I can actually cry listening to
some music.

- Everybody has a different kind of talent and a different timetable as to when they develop.

- Don’t play the way it goes. Play the way it is. And the way it is every time you play it, it’s slightly different. Look for something. So that’s the challenge not to be bored.

- You decide to be a musician, you have to put in the time.

Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman

Technique doesn’t exist

Youtube movie

Nice introduction of Maria Joao Pires before a concert of her student Julien Liebeer. Interesting what Maria say’s about technique. Don’t get triggered about this: if you don’t have time to watch the video, read what Silvia Pavani says about what she could have meant. ;-)



“I think that when Maria says “technique doesn’t exist” she is saying that in order to conquer the instrument you have to find a way. This way will be constantly changing so you cannot call this process a technique. I don’t think she means you don’t have to sweat over a piece, but the approach should always be custom made to the difficulty of the moment.”

Silvia Pavani-De Visser

Swapping Black Keys

This ‘jazzy’ piece I composed (only) for black keys. You may print and use it. It is meant for everyone after a few years of piano lessons.
I hope it is not hard to play, although the rhythm can be challenging in the beginning (and of course the reading of the flats might be an obstacle). In fact I would like to hear your feedback on how hard it is to handle!
I think it is easier if you use the mp3 audio to understand the rhythm. If you feel the quavers, bar 1-4 is 1-2-3 /1-2-3 / 1-2-3 / 1-2-3 / 1-2 / 1-2 or ‘pineapple /pineapple /pineapple /pineapple /kiwi /kiwi’ (if you don’t like kiwis you can use ‘mango/mango’ )
Bar 5-8 is ‘pineapple/pineapple/kiwi/pineapple/pineapple/kiwi’ etc.

Love to hear your feedback!

Swapping Black Keys PDF downloaden

Page 1 Swapping

Page 1 Swapping

Page 2 Swapping

Page 2 Swapping

Page 3 Swapping

Page 3 Swapping

‘Verleur’ op Dag in de Branding

‘Twelve’, mijn compositie voor altviool solo, zal op 26 mei 2018 gespeeld worden bij de officiële opening van het festival ‘Dag in de Branding’ in Den Haag. Uitvoerder is Joe Nicholls. Joe heeft het al een keer gespeeld op 10 februari in Den Haag tijdens een huiskamerconcert georganiseerd door curator Saskia Lankhoorn. Over dat concert mailde Joe me het volgende:

“I enjoyed working on your piece a lot, and it is actually very effective in performance! ‘Twelve’ was a hit at the concert yesterday! You should publish it – public really enjoyed it! Let me know if you write any more beautiful music for viola!”

‘Twelve’ is onlangs uitgegeven bij Donemus: Webshop Donemus

Twelve MP3 (gedeelte, hele stuk ± 7 minuten. Live opname gespeeld door Asdis Valdimarsdottir.)

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Website Dag in de Branding
Vier sterren in NRC
Over het festival Dag in de Branding op Youtube

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