Draaf, Foekje. Draaf! (2011)

Draaf, Foekje. Draaf! (Run, Foekje. Run!) was written at the request of Marten Postma. (Soli Brass) The commission was granted by 'Stichting Calliope'. (The Calliope Foundation)

It was premiered by Soli Brass and 'Vocaal Ensemble Cantatrix' in 'De Harmonie' in Leeuwarden on September 9, 2011. Conducted by Frans-Aert Burghgraef.

Stage design and footage was done by BUOG. (Bedenkers en Uitvoerders van Ongewone Gebeurtenissen -  in English this would mean something like: Inventors and Performers of Unusual Events) Thanks to NOS-Sport television for supplying historical footage of Foekje Dillema . Showing this footage during performance is optional.

The Frisian text was written by Bouke Oldenhof.

duration: approx. 50 '


Choir SATB
Brass band


Percussion (6 players):
suspended cymbal
snare drum
bass drum
2 marimbas
crotales (2 octaves)
tubular bells

Who was Foekje Dillema? Click to learn more about her.           


  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).