The Crossroads Dance in Connacht (2005)

for violin and piano.

It's the second time that I was inspired by a painting. This time is was Charles Lamb's painting The crossroads dance in Connacht. The way Irish peasants are depicted, showing much expression and movement, a number of watching people and a violinist, these features inspired me to write this piece.

Written for Tjeerd Top (violin) and Mariken Zandvliet (piano)

They premiered it on November 12, 2005 in "de Muziekkamer" in Zaandam. (The Netherlands)

duration: approx. 7' 30"




  Currently working on a work for      saxophone quartet, requested by      the Bron Saxophone Quartet.

  My latest work is "Ritual text      for the afterlife"  for women's          choir and tubular bells.
     Ancient Greek goldplates with      texts - recently  found in graves -      that were carried by the dead on      their journey to afterlife.

  In progress is a work of a much     bigger scale: Blodeuwedd,  a     dance poem for narrator,      singer/reciter, dancer and      ensemble. The poem is by the      Welsh poet Tony Conran.

  Another recent work (2016) is
     O me! O life!
(Walt Whitman) for      choir and string quintet.

  My Guitar sonata (1982) is      now being published by
     Editiones Eudora (Madrid),

  Draaf, Foekje. Draaf!

    Watch the television interview.     (You need to understand Frisian,     though).