From Tower to Thoor  for carillon (2004)

In 2002 I was in Ireland to visit William Butler Yeats' country. To me it was a sort of pilgrimage. As was the case with his tower, which he had bought and lived in for a number of years. He called it Thoor Ballylee.

This short composition is an ode to this impressive tower. What better way then to do this from another tower.

     Written at the request of Frans Haagen, carillonneur of the Tower in Kampen. (The      Netherlands)

     Première: 9 July, 2004 in Kampen.

     duration: approx. 3'

     (the score is now on display in the adjacent visitors' room)






  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).